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Hospital Readmissions Drop in 49 States

News  |  By HealthLeaders Media News  
   September 29, 2016

The data show these efforts are working, according to a Sept. 13 blog post by Patrick Conway, MD, chief medical officer of CMS; and Tim Gronniger, deputy chief of staff of CMS.

While hospitals have been working to reduce readmission and avoid penalties from CMS, new data questions the use of readmissions as a quality measure.

Hospital Readmissions are Not the Enemy

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine compared hospitals readmission rates and mortality rates in six areas: heart attack, pneumonia, heart failure, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and coronary artery bypass.

They found that hospitals with the highest readmission rates earned better mortality scores in patients treated for heart failure, COPD, and stroke.

A pair of recent studies found that one in four readmissions were avoidable, and that 29.5% of pediatric readmissions were potentially preventable.

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