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Truven Health Analytics and SAMHSA Study Finds Lower Readmissions Among Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Patients Who Receive Care at Community Mental Health Centers

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Ann Arbor, MI, Feb. 27, 2013 — Patients with Medicaid who receive treatment at community mental health centers are less likely to be readmitted, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Truven Health Analytics™, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The paper, which appears online in the February 2013 issue of The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, evaluated hospital readmission rates for Medicaid patients receiving psychiatric and substance abuse treatment. It found that hospitals with greater rates of Medicaid patient follow-up at community mental health centers had lower readmission rates.

“Reducing hospital readmissions have become a focal point for hospital administrators and third party payers, and our research finds that linkages to community mental health centers may be one way to reach that goal, ” said Tami Mark, PhD a senior director at Truven Health Analytics and lead author of the study. “Clearly, the next step is to understand how these post-discharge services affect patient outcomes, which is of course the most important endpoint.”

The study also found that patients were significantly more likely to be readmitted if they had a prior inpatient stay, a substance use disorder, psychotic illness, or also had medical disorders. Longer hospital lengths of stay were associated with a lower chance of a readmission, but the effect size was small.

Data for the study were based on Truven Health’s MarketScan® Multistate Medicaid Database. The study analyzed individual-level, anonymous administrative claims data from 2004 through 2009. Overall, the database contains data for several million admissions from geographically dispersed states.

To read the complete study in The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, click here.

About the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that was established in 1992. The mission of the funding agency is to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders on America’s communities. The agency provides leadership in the provision of behavioral health services to improve the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. It also supports States, Territories, Tribes, communities, and local organizations through competitive grant and contract programs. Information about the agency and its strategic initiatives is available at http://www.samhsa.gov/

About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business, provides market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies and policymakers, the facts they need to make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the US and around the world. The company was acquired by IBM in 2016 to help form a new business, Watson Health. Watson Health aspires to improve lives and give hope by delivering innovation to address the world’s most pressing health challenges through data and cognitive insights.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler® and ActionOI®. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL, and Denver, CO.


Brian Erni
For Truven Health Analytics
J. Roderick, Inc. Public Relations