Preventable hospitalizations and socioeconomic status.

  title={Preventable hospitalizations and socioeconomic status.},
  author={Jan Blustein and Kara Hanson and Sarah N. Shea},
  journal={Health affairs},
  volume={17 2},
"Preventable" hospitalizations have been proposed as indicators of poor health plan performance. In this study of elderly Medicare beneficiaries, however, we found that preventable hospitalizations are also more common among elders of lower socioeconomic status (SES). The relationship persisted even when an up-to-date severity-of-illness adjustment system was used. To the extent that indicators of health plan "performance" reflect enrollees' characteristics, plans will be rewarded for marketing… CONTINUE READING

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