-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Among U.S. patients aged
40 and older with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
blacks have the highest rate of hospital readmission, a new report
COPD, a common lung disease that makes it hard to breathe and
gets worse over time, includes two main conditions: emphysema and
In 2008, COPD patient hospital readmissions within 30 days were
30 percent higher among blacks than Hispanics or Asians and Pacific
Islanders, and about 9 percent higher than among whites, according
to an analysis of data from State Inpatient Databases for 15
states, including: Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii,
Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New
York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
Overall, in 2008, about 7 percent of COPD patients were
readmitted within 30 days principally for COPD, and 21 percent were
readmitted for any type of health problem ("all-cause
readmission"), according to the Sept. 14
News and Numbers summary from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality.
The 190,700 initial hospital admissions to treat COPD cost an
average of $7,100 each. The average cost for readmission
principally for COPD was $8,400 per stay (18 percent higher than
for the initial stay) and $11,100 for all-cause readmission (50
percent higher), the investigators reported.
Readmissions were 22 percent higher among patients in the
poorest communities than among patients in high-income areas, and
13 percent higher among men than women, the report indicated.
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more
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