Medicare & Medicaid Eligible Beneficiaries & Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations

According to a new study, more than one in four hospitalizations for those with both Medicare and full Medicaid coverage was potentially avoidable. The study, using data from 2007 to 2009, looked at potentially avoidable hospitalizations by setting, state, and medical condition. The study also examined the average cost of these events. Researchers concluded that beneficiaries in institutions were more likely to have potentially avoidable hospitalizations. Five conditions were responsible for approximately 80 percent of the events.

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