Chronic conditions and hospitalizations : findings from a rural hospital
It is important to understand if current healthcare systems are utilizing hospital resources efficiently and cost-effectively, and whether patients are receiving appropriate care in a timely manner. One of the ways to achieve this goal is to reduce recurrent hospitalizations among patients with chronic conditions. I analyzed 2015–2016 inpatient admissions data from the Pullman Regional Hospital, located in the City of Pullman in Whitman County, which serves a large rural community to examine inpatient admissions related to chronic conditions. I found that chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, and hypertension are the most common chronic condition diagnoses during hospital admissions and 30-day readmissions.