This large derivation and validation cohort found the following factors independently increased the risk of 30 day readmissions (known as the HOSPITAL score): Hemoglobin at discharge, Oncology service discharge, Sodium at discharge, Procedure during index admission, Index Type of admission, Admits in last 12 months, and Length of stay. Although a single center study, the score had good discriminatory power (C statistic 0.71) and may be useful for predicting readmissions if further validated (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.