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Health-care spending and utilization for children discharged from a neonatal intensive care unit

Journal title
Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association
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Kuo, D. Z.; Berry, J. G.; Hall, M.; Lyle, R. E.; Stille, C. J.

OBJECTIVES: To describe health-care spending and utilization for infants discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort analysis of 4973 NICU graduates in the Truven MarketScan Medicaid database, with follow-up to the third birthday. Health-care spending and utilization after NICU discharge were assessed. Using logistic regression, we assessed clinical characteristics associated with hospitalization and emergency department (ED) visits. RESULTS: Most (69.5%) post-NICU spending occurred within the first year [$33,276 per member per year]. Inpatient care accounted for most (71.6%) of the 3-year spending. The percentages of infants with a 1-year readmission or ED visit were 36.8% and 63.7%, respectively. Medical technology was associated with the highest likelihoods of hospital [aOR 17.8 (95%CI 12.2-26.0)] and ED use [aOR 2.3 (95%CI 1.8-3.0)]. CONCLUSIONS: Hospital care accounts for the majority of spending for NICU graduates. Infants with medical technology have the highest risk of hospital and ED use.

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