Mass. officers: COVID sufferers with behavioral well being circumstances noticed longer hospital stays

Mass. officers: COVID sufferers with behavioral well being circumstances noticed longer hospital stays

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A brand new state report exhibits hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers with behavioral well being circumstances have been staying on the hospital on common a day longer, and readmitted extra, than COVID-19 sufferers with out these coexisting circumstances.

What’s taking place: The Heart for Well being Info and Evaluation report lined the primary wave of the pandemic (April-June 2020).

  • Comorbid behavioral well being circumstances have been additionally related to longer stays for non-COVID sufferers and better readmission ranges.

Why it issues: Well being care leaders are on the lookout for methods to cut back avoidable readmissions, however the trade has traditionally centered on medical and surgical circumstances, not behavioral well being circumstances, as components, in keeping with the report.

  • That is CHIA’s fifth report inspecting how behavioral well being impacts the well being care system, however the first to look at its influence through the pandemic.

By the numbers: Virtually half (46%) of adults hospitalized in Massachusetts acute care hospitals had no less than one comorbid behavioral well being situation, representing a majority of discharges (54%) in fiscal 2020.

  • This sample continued through the first wave of the pandemic.

Readmission charges on common have been 2.2 instances increased for COVID sufferers with a comorbid behavioral well being situation than for COVID sufferers with none.

  • Readmission charges for non-COVID sufferers with behavioral well being circumstances have been 1.8 instances increased than for non-COVID sufferers with out these comorbidities.

 

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