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2 Identifying and Intervening with Patients at High Risk of Hospital Admission Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, June 5 th 2007 Maria C. Raven, MD, MPH, MSc John C. Billings, JD Mark N. Gourevitch, MD, MPH Eric Manheimer, MD Bellevue Hospital Center

3 High Cost Care Initiative (HCCI): Research Initiative at Bellevue Hospital Center, NYC Supported by United Hospital Fund Goals: Characterize high-cost patients with frequent hospital admissions Use data to inform intervention to reduce admissions/costs and improve care

4 What were going to cover Why focus on high cost Medicaid patients? How can we target high cost patients to identify them for interventions? What we have learned from identifying patients? What are the next steps?

5 High Cost Medicaid Patients: the rule NYC MEDICAID SSI DISABLED ADULTS Medicaid Managed Care MMC Mandatory [Non-Dual, Non-HIV/AIDS, Non-SPMI] Percent of Total PatientsExpenditures Source: NYU Center for Health and Public Service Research, UHF, NYSDOH, %

6 Not only is it where the money is… These are some of the patients with the greatest need Many moving into managed care What used to be revenue is now expense Improved care offers potential for cost savings Why Focus on High Cost Cases?

7 Predictive algorithm can identify high-risk patients Predictive algorithm created by John C. Billings identifies Medicaid patients at high-risk for hospital admission in next 12 months Algorithm generates risk score from for every patient in a dataset Based on prior utilization Higher risk scores (>50) predictive of higher risk of admission in next 12 months

8 (Reference) Admission Year 4Year 5Year 3Year 2Year 1 General Approach for Development of Risk Prediction Algorithm

9 Examine utilization for prior 3+ years (Reference) Admission Year 4Year 5Year 3Year 2Year 1 General Approach for Development of Risk Prediction Algorithm

10 (Reference) Admission Examine utilization for prior 3+ years Predict admission next 12 months Year 4Year 5Year 3Year 2Year 1 General Approach for Development of Risk Prediction Algorithm

11 Bellevue-specific predictive algorithm Pulled last five years of Bellevues Medicaid billing data Inpatient, ED, outpatient department Logistic regression created Bellevue-specific case-finding algorithm Created risk scores (0-100) applicable for any patient with a visit in the past 5 years Cohort with risk scores>50 = high risk for admission in next 12 months

12 Subject Enrollment Cross-checked all admitted patients against our high-risk cohort every 24 hrs Identified and interviewed 50 such patients and their providers during hospital admission Determined medical/social contributors to frequent admissions Qualitative/quantitative measures

13 Inclusion/Exclusion criteria Ages Medicaid fee-for-service visit to Bellevue from Excluded:HIV, dual eligible, institutionalized when not hospitalized, unable to communicate

14 Patients enrolled when algorithm- predicted admission occurred

15 Interview instruments Quantitative data from 50 patients Demographics SF-12 (health and well-being) Usual Source of Care BSI-18 (anxiety/depression/somatization) Perceived Availability of Support Scale (social support) Patient Activation Measure WHO-ASSIST (substance use) Medications (adapted from Brief Medication Questionnaire) Qualitative data from 47 patients, 40 physicians and 16 social workers

16 36,457 adult fee-for service Medicaid patients with visit to Bellevue, ,618 with algorithm- based risk score> admitted during 2-month study period 50 patients consented and interviewed 89 ineligible or discharged prior to approach 11 refusals Recruitment scheme for Bellevue pilot project Billings algorithm Daily computer query checked past 24 hours admissions against 2,618 high-risk patients

17 Strength of algorithm PPV=0.67 Of all admitted high risk patients, over 20 bounce- backs among 16 patients Of these 16 patients, 9 eligible, 8 interviewed 5 patients had >1 bounce-back during study period Source: NYU Center for Health and Public Service Research, UHF, NYSDOH, 2006.

18 Some representative patients…

19 Mr. O 58 y/o man with COPD and CHF Lives with daughter Feels hospital admission is unavoidable when he has difficulty breathing Does not seek intervention at symptom onset from primary doctor Multiple admissions for COPD and CHF

20 Mr. R History of over 30 detox admissions One rehab Homeless on street Depression No other medical problems

21 Ms. C Severe lupus Severe pain Outpatient doctors wont prescribe her the narcotics she wants/needs Repeated admissions for lupus flare and pain control Often with hour stays and no changes to outpatient regimen

22 Demographic characteristics Characteristic% of total Male Age in years Mean age=44.3 Ethnicity African American Hispanic White Other 72% 20% 42% 38% 24% 54% 14% 8%

23 Education and work history Characteristic% of total Education Less than high school High school/GED or greater Unknown Income source None Public Assistance Social security Work Friends/family 60% 36% 4% 8% 34% 38% 4% 12%

24 Diagnoses

25 Self-rated health Characteristic% of total General Health Status Excellent/Very good Good Fair/Poor Health Limits Moderate Physical Activity A Lot A Little Not at all 6% 24% 70% 45% 35% 20%

26 Housing Characteristic% of total Current Housing Status Apartment/home rental Public Housing Residential Facility Staying with family/friends Shelter Homeless 34% 4% 2% 24% 8% 28% 60%

27 Housing Disproportionate admissions for substance use, mental illness, and substance use- related medical problems among homeless subjects

28 Similar differential in claims data

29 Substance use: ASSIST data 74% had mid-high substance use risk scores (37/50) Risk for harmful use/dependence with related social, legal, health problems 14% tobacco only (7/50) 60% multiple substances (30/50) Majority tobacco and alcohol, followed by cocaine and opioids 7 pts had used IV drugs

30 Mental Health SF-12 Mental Composite Score Lower scores = higher levels of anxiety and depression Compared to the general US population: 38% (19/50) scored below the 25%ile 38% scored below the median BSI-18 cases at high risk for psychopathology based on anxiety, depression, and somatization summary score 68% (34/50) cases

31 Characteristic % of total Usual Source of Care None 22% ED 40% Hospital outpatient 30% Other 8% Source: High Cost Medicaid Project – Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU Center for Health and Public Service Research, 2006 Usual Source of care

32 Access to care Source: High Cost Medicaid Project – Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU Center for Health and Public Service Research, 2006.

33 Social isolation Characteristic% of total Marital Status Married/living with partner Separated/divorced Widowed Never married Lives alone No close friends/relatives Two or fewer friends/relatives Low perceived availability of support 14% 26% 4% 56% 52% 16% 48% 38%

34 Medicaid expenditures prior year

35 How much can we pay for an intervention, and still expect to save? (or break even) Depends on: Risk score level Projected reduction in inpatient admissions in the following year Based on annual Medicaid expenditures in our cohort: 25% reduction in future admissions over 1 year allows intervention spending of $9350 per patient

36 Limitations Observational study-no control group Limited to English and Spanish speaking, non- HIV, Medicaid fee-for service Bellevue Hospital population Urban, underserved

37 Conclusions and Implications Patients with frequent hospital admissions comprise small percentage of all patients, but account for disproportionate share of visits and costs. Social isolation, substance use, mental health, and housing issues were prevalent in our study population Cited by patients/providers as contributing substantially to their hospital admissions. Interventions focused on more effective management of their complex issues could result in cost-savings via decreased utilization and improved health.

38 Next Steps

39 Intervention project planning Intervention being informed by: Pilot data Partnership with providers of homeless services Successful components of similar programs in other safety net settings around country* Meetings with community providers (CBOs) of other services (e.g. substance use, mental health, HIV) *Chicago Housing for Health Partnership, California Frequent Users of Health Services Initiative

40 Bellevue intervention project model Begin at patients bedside in hospital, continue after his/her discharge into the community Housing component Flexible, intensive care management model, multi-disciplinary team approach, tailored to needs of each patient Bellevue-based team will partner with CBOs

41 Thank You John C. Billings, JD Marc N. Gourevitch, MD, MPH Lewis R. Goldfrank, MD Mark D. Schwartz, MD Eric Manheimer, MD United Hospital Fund Supported in part by CDC T01 CD000146



44 Bellevue Hospital Intervention Project Hospitalized high-risk patients identified using predictive algorithm Small comprehensive multi-disciplinary team Intensive assessment, arrange and follow to ensure and assist with provision of post-discharge support Housing, residential substance abuse treatment, community based mental health treatment, specialized medical outpatient care Provision of temporary housing while awaiting supportive housing placement/prompt placement into permanent housing

45 Bellevue Intervention Randomized Controlled Trial

46 Bellevue intervention project baseline measures (RCT) Baseline assessments: Self-report generated Charlson Comorbidity Index: patient-reported disease severity measure predictive of 1- year mortality Socio-demographic measures (e.g. age, gender, income, education) Diagnoses obtained from subjects electronic medical record

47 Bellevue intervention project baseline measures (RCT) Baseline assessments (validated tools): Health and daily functioning Substance use Mental Health Support Scale Usual Source of Care Housing status/living situation Common Ground in-depth assessment

48 Bellevue intervention outcome measures Primary outcome Hospital admissions and associated expenditures Secondary outcomes Other health services (ED, outpatient clinics) utilization Other health services expenditures Intervention costs Housing status Change in psychosocial variables Appt adherence Benefits enrollment Entry into substance use services

49 The intervention must pay for itself Central goal: intervention that generates more savings to the delivery system that it costs to implement and sustain. Eliminate even small % admissions and substantial cost savings can be had. Comprehensive economic analysis planned that considers Changes in the numbers of inpatient admissions, ED visits, and outpatient visits during the intervention period in addition to their related expenditures All costs related to the intervention. Ability of intervention to succeed in this goal will help determine whether it is Sustainable Exportable to other sites.

50 Admission diagnoses: 30/50 (60%) homeless/precariously housed 23/30 (82%) : Substance use, psychiatric, medical condition related to substance use 9 detoxification services 3 alcohol/drug withdrawal or intoxication 4 psychiatric 7 drug/alcohol-related medical diagnoses CHF, trauma, chronic septic joint, cellulitis 5/30: infected ulcer, chest pain, catheter infection, GI bleed, COPD All with past or current substance use

51 Admission diagnoses, 22/50 (44%) housed 1 Diabetes/coagulopathy 3 Lupus 5 Cancer 1 Dialysis/pain medication related 3 non-compliance resulting in disease exacerbation anemia, adrenal crisis, gastroparesis 2 Alcohol complications Hepatitis and ESLD 3 infections (2 PNA, 1 cellulitis) 2 COPD/asthma 1 ortho 1 psych

52 Admission Diagnosis# of total Diagnoses Cancer Lupus erythematosos Infection Pneumonia Cellulitis/foot ulcer Dialysis catheter Septic joint (IVDU) Diabetes mellitus Ulcer COPD/asthma CHF Epilepsy Fracture non-union Adrenal Insufficiency Anemia Chest pain (ACS) End-stage liver disease Psychiatric Detoxification services Alcohol withdrawal/intoxication Trauma Alcoholic hepatitis

53 Medication 43% on medication at admission had missed at least one dose in prior week Most common reasons inability to pay for prescriptions (4) forgetting to take a dose (3) being unable to get to clinic or hospital for refills or medication administration (3) side effects (3) substance abuse (3)

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