Self-reported health and functional status information improves prediction of inpatient admissions and costs

Nancy A. Perrin, Matt Stiefel, David M. Mosen, Alan Bauck, Elizabeth Shuster, Erin M. Dirks

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Objectives: To determine whether adding selfreported health and functional status data to a diagnostic risk-score model explains additional variance in predicting inpatient admissions and costs. Study Design: Retrospective observational analysis. Methods: We used data from a Health Status Questionnaire (HSQ), completed by 6407 Kaiser Permanente Northwest Medicare patients between December 2006 and October 2008. We used answers from 3 items on the HSQ: (1) General Self-rated Health score, (2) needing help with 1 or more activities of daily living, and (3) having a bothersome health condition. We calculated a DxCG relative risk score from utilization information in the year prior to the survey, using electronic medical records. We compared: (1) DxCG as the sole independent variable and (2) DxCG plus the 3 items as independent variables. We estimated area under the curve (AUC) for each model. Any inpatient admission (yes/no) and being in the top 10% of costs (in the year after survey) were the dependent variables for the first and second logistic regression models, respectively. Results: The 3 items explained an additional 2.8% and 4.0% of variance for inpatient admissions and top 10% of costs, respectively, in addition to the variance explained by the DxCG score alone. For DxCG alone, the AUC was 0.686 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.663-0.710) and 0.741 (95% CI 0.719-0.764), respectively, for inpatient admissions and top 10% of costs and improved to 0.709 (95% CI 0.687-0.730) and 0.770 (95% CI 0.749-0.790) when the 3 self-reported items were added. Conclusions: Using self-reported health information improved the predictive power of a DxCG model to forecast inpatient admissions and patient cost-tier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e472-e478
JournalAmerican Journal of Managed Care
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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