There are many models to predict unplanned readmissions for CHF patients. This large administrative database sought to determine if any one model is better than another. In the dataset, overall 19% of CHF patients had died or had an unplanned readmission. The LaCE index appeared to perform better than others (Length of index hospital stay, Age, Charleson score, ED visits in past 6 months). The LaCE index appears to be the best model to date at predicting risk of unplanned readmissions for CHF patients (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.