CHIA's latest report on behavioral health and readmissions, published in October 2022, found that there was a high prevalence of behavioral health comorbidities among hospitalized adults in Massachusetts acute care hospitals. Readmission rates for patients with behavioral health comorbidities were nearly twice the rates for patients without any behavioral health comorbidity.
New to the report this year, CHIA includes analysis of the prevalence, average length of stay, and readmission rates among patients with behavioral health comorbidities during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic (April-June 2020).
This report's findings suggest that policymakers, patients, families, and others in the health care community should be more aware of the increased readmission risk of any hospitalized patients with a behavioral health comorbidity, and efforts to reduce avoidable readmissions should include identifying risk factors associated with this group.
This most recent report is based on hospital inpatient discharge data for SFY 2020. The accompanying databook to this publication contains additional information, while the technical appendix provides technical details related to data sources, categorization, and analysis.
On November 17, 2016. CHIA and Collaborative Healthcare Strategies presented a webinar that examined the ways in which behavioral health conditions influence the risk of hospital readmissions.