30-Day Readmission, Mortality Rates Updated
A major update to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare website refreshes data for 30-day readmission and mortality rates.
Eight hospitals from California to Puerto Rico and New York showed up as "worse than" the national average in 30-day readmission rates for all three disease categories—pneumonia, heart attack, and heart failure—in the latest update of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website, Hospital Compare.
The three-year performance period ending June 30, 2011 is the same one the agency is using to determine which hospitals will receive negative payment adjustments of up to 1% of their Medicare DRG reimbursement starting with discharges on October 1. Hospitals that will ultimately be penalized are not necessarily the ones listed here, CMS officials said.