Examining Characteristics of Hospitalizations in Heart Failure Patients: Results from the 2009 All-payer Data

Lufei Young, Jungyoon Kim, Carol Gilbert, Fernando Wilson, Li-Wu Chen

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Heart failure (HF) is one of the most common chronic and disabling
illnesses, resulting in high morbidity and mortality. Readmission rate,
one key indicator of healthcare quality and healthcare utilization,
is prevalent in HF patients. Inconsistent evidences exist about the
impact of rural health disparities on HF patients’ readmissions. The
purpose of this explorative study was to examine the characteristics
of hospitalized HF patients and factors related to readmissions
in 2009. The results showed all-cause readmission rates were
13.6%, 23.6%, and 31.6% at 30-, 90- and 180-days respectively.
The factors related readmissions included age, income, discharge/
transfer status from index hospitalization, and comorbidity. Findings
from this analysis suggested additional studies using multiple data
sources are needed to have a comprehensive understanding of risk
factors related HF patients’ healthcare utilization.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Family Medicine and Disease Prevention
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • Heart failure
  • Readmissions
  • All-pater data
  • Rural health

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