Asthmatic Black Children More Likely to Return to hospital
African-American children are twice as likely as white children to be readmitted to the hospital for asthma, according to a new study by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
The reason? Financial and social hardships.
“Readmission rates are a central focus of health care reform,” says Dr. Andrew Beck, a Cincinnati Children’s pediatrician who was lead author of the study. “Reducing disparities in such outcomes will be critical, especially since payment reform will be based more on quality outcomes and less so on health care encounters.”
Read more in The Cincinnati Enquirer.