Based on the hospital inpatient discharge data for SFY 2018, CHIA's research, published in October 2020, 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.
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.
The accompanying databook to this publication contains additional information, while the technical appendix provides technical details related to data sources, categorization, and analysis.
(Click to enlarge)