Weak Link Found Between Readmissions, Mortality
Second, several large hospitals with good reputations but high readmission rates also had lower-than-average or average 30-day mortality rates.
Krumholz and co-authors emphasized that readmission measures and mortality measures "convey distinct information."
One caveat about the study is that data was collected prior to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which legislated two separate payment incentives for reducing readmissions and mortality within 30 days of discharge, penalties that took effect for the first time only four months ago.
Whether data collected since then will change these results remains to be seen.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
- MU Compliance Announcement Sparks Concern, Confusion
- New G-Codes to Pay Doctors for Broad Array of Non-Face-to-Face Care
- CMS Sets 2014 Pay Rates for Hospital Outpatient and Physician Services
- Telehealth Improves Patient Care in ICUs
- Douglas Hawthorne—A Chance to Do Something Big
- Hospital M&A Volume Up, Value Down in 3Q
- States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Forgo Billions in Federal Funds
- Small Doesn't Mean Doomed
- Not-for-Profit Hospitals Find Opportunity Amid Uncertainty
- LifePoint Bolsters Presence in Michigan's Upper Peninsula