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Schroeder Center Releases Briefs on Heart Attack Readmissions and Diabetes in Virginia

The Schroeder Center released statistical briefs that focus on heart attack readmissions and diabetes hospitalizations in Virginia. 

Heart attack or acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is one of the most common diagnoses associated with inpatient hospitalizations among adults, and readmission to the hospital shortly after an initial heart attack hospitalization is fairly common. In its brief, the Schroeder Center examines the characteristics of patients admitted to Virginia acute care hospitals for AMI and then readmitted within 30 days during 2014.  The brief shows that in 2014, there were a total of 12,158 initial AMI hospitalizations of patients aged 40 and older that took place at short-term acute care hospitals participating in Medicare’s inpatient prospective payment system in Virginia. About 11% of hospitalizations resulted in a readmission within 30 days of the initial discharge.  For more information and to view the Schroeder Center’s brief on “Heart Attack Readmissions in Virginia,” please click here.

 The Schroeder Center also studied 2014 hospitalizations related to diabetes in Virginia, using a methodological approach used in a related nationwide analysis of inpatient hospitalizations of diabetic patients.  The brief finds that nearly 24% of 850,195 hospitalizations that took place in Virginia involved patients with diabetes. The mean cost associated with hospitalization of a patient with diabetes was $9,670 in 2014 compared to $7,834 for a non-diabetic patient, and the average length of stay for patients hospitalized with diabetes was 5.3 days, nearly a day longer than the 4.6-day average stay for non-diabetic hospitalizations.  For more information and to view the Schroeder Center’s brief on “Diabetes Hospitalizations in Virginia,” please click here.