A study of hospital readmission: Medicare Advantage vs. fee-for-service

Friday, November 16, 2012

ROCKVILLE, Md. – After adjusting for risk and controlling for self-selection, Medicare Advantage patients have a “substantially higher” likelihood of readmission within 30 days of discharge than fee-for-service patients, according to a study by researchers at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Before making adjustments, Medicare Advantage patients were found to have a slightly lower likelihood of hospital readmission than fee-for-service patients; however, the report notes that Medicare Advantage patients tend to be younger and less severely ill. The study used statewide inpatient databases maintained by the AHRQ for five states in 2006.