Study Suggests Medicare Advantage Patients Experience Fewer Readmissions

A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care suggests Medicare Advantage patients saw lower readmission rates than Medicare fee-for-service patients, according to a MedAssurant news release.

For this study, researchers accessed data from MedAssurant's Medical Outcomes Research for Effectiveness and Economics Registry, which contains more than 5.2 billion healthcare events from 77 million unique de-identified individuals.


The researchers discovered the unadjusted 30-day readmission rate for Medicare Advantage patients was 14.5 percent from 2006-2008, compared to a 36.5 percent 30-day readmission rate for Medicare fee-for-service patients in the same time period. This trend held true after adjusting for risk and demographic factors. Specifically, the adjusted 30-day readmission rate for Medicare Advantage patients was 13-20 percent lower than Medicare fee-for-service rates.

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