The purpose of this study was to explore if there is a relationship between telephonic care transition interventions with Medicare beneficiaries and hospital readmission rates. It examined whether timely interventions, within 7 days of hospital discharge, contributed to lower readmission numbers. The additional research on this topic is important as the population ages and healthcare costs continue to rise.
The data was derived from 2009 data sources at a California Medicare health plan. The sample used in this study included 4,64 7 older adults age 65 and older that had at least one hospital admission in the previous year.
The main dependent variable is hospital readmissions. Independent variables include a telephonic care transition intervention and living arrangements.
Frequency, t-test, and regression analyses were examined to look at the relationship between the number if hospital readmissions and the care transitions interventions. Significant results include that the timely interventions did contribute to lower hospital readmission rates, but living arrangements did not.
|Commitee:||Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
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