Preprint (JMIR Preprints): https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/30777
Authors' Response to Peer-Review Reports: https://med.jmirx.org/2022/2/e37005/
Published Article: https://med.jmirx.org/2022/2/e30777/
JMIRx Med 2022;3(2):e37057
This is a peer-review report submitted for the paper “The Association of Shared Care Networks With 30-Day Heart Failure Excessive Hospital Readmissions: Longitudinal Observational Study.”
Thank you for the opportunity to review this study  of the association of shared care networks with heart failure (HF) excessive hospital readmissions. Hospital readmission is a very current topic. Nonetheless, several issues should be noted.
- In “study population and design” in “methods,” the authors mentioned, “hospitals with less than 2 repeated measures of higher-than-expected HF readmission in the HRRP (Hospital Reduction Readmission Program) or without discharge data in the OSHPD (Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development) were excluded.” Does this mean this study only considered hospitals with repeated higher-than-expected HF readmission? Ignoring hospitals without repeated higher-than-expected HF readmission may introduce bias to the analysis. Please clarify why you have chosen this data inclusion criterion.
- In “data sources” in “methods,” the authors collected excessive readmission ratio (ERR) data from 2012 to 2017. In almost every year, the HRRP updated the inclusion criteria of HF readmission (eg, lists of eligible diagnosis codes and procedure codes in the planned readmission algorithm). In this case, how did you fairly compare the ERR across different years?
- Is the “Uncovering Shared Care Areas and Localization Index from Hospital-Patient Discharge Data” in “methods” a literature review of other studies or the method the authors used in this study? Please clarify. If it is a literature review, it should go in the “introduction.”
Conflicts of Interest
- Pinheiro D, Hartman R, Mai J, Romero E, Soroya S, Bastos-Filho C, et al. The association of shared care networks with 30-day heart failure excessive hospital readmissions: longitudinal observational study. JMIRx Med 2022;3(2):e30777 [FREE Full text]
|ERR: excessive readmission ratio|
|HF: heart failure|
|HRRP: Hospital Reduction Readmission Program|
|OSHPD: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development|
Edited by E Meinert; This is a non–peer-reviewed article. submitted 04.02.22; accepted 04.02.22; published 06.04.22Copyright
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