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Heslin KC, Owens PL, Simpson LA
AHRQ Author: Heslin KC Owens PL
Annual report on health care for children and youth in the united states: focus on 30-day unplanned inpatient readmissions, 2009 to 2014.
The authors describe trends in unplanned 30-day all-condition hospital readmissions for children aged 1 to 17 years between 2009 and 2014. Using HCUP data, they found that the rate of readmission was essentially stable between 2009 and 2014. In 2009, the most common reason for readmission was sickle cell anemia, whereas in 2014 the most common reason was epilepsy. Pneumonia fell from the second to the sixth most common reason for readmission over this period. The authors suggest that their study provides a baseline assessment for examining trends in 30-day unplanned pediatric readmissions, an important quality metric as the provisions of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and the Affordable Care Act are changed and implemented in the future.
Citation: Heslin KC, Owens PL, Simpson LA . Annual report on health care for children and youth in the united states: focus on 30-day unplanned inpatient readmissions, 2009 to 2014. Acad Pediatr 2018 Nov - Dec;18(8):857-72. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2018.06.006..
Keywords: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Children/Adolescents, Hospital Readmissions, Hospitalization, Hospitals, Sickle Cell Disease, Pneumonia, Neurological Disorders