The course and correlates of high hospital utilization in sickle cell disease: Evidence from a large, urban Medicaid managed care organization

@article{Carroll2009TheCA,
  title={The course and correlates of high hospital utilization in sickle cell disease: Evidence from a large, urban Medicaid managed care organization},
  author={C Patrick Carroll and Carlton Haywood and Peter Fagan and Sophie M. Lanzkron},
  journal={American journal of hematology},
  year={2009},
  volume={84 10},
  pages={
          666-70
        }
}
Although most patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) are hospitalized infrequently and manage painful crises at home, a small subpopulation is frequently admitted to emergency departments and inpatient units. This small group accounts for the majority of health care expenses for patients with SCD. Using inpatient claims data from a large, urban Medicaid MCO for 5 consecutive years, this study sought to describe the course of high inpatient utilization (averaging four or more admissions… CONTINUE READING
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