30-Day Readmission, Mortality Rates Updated

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media , July 25, 2012

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.

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1 comments on "30-Day Readmission, Mortality Rates Updated"

Malachy Nkem (7/26/2012 at 5:28 PM)
This report signifies a need to develop and mandate standardized quality metrics for 30-day preventable readmission rates. It is disconcerting that hospitals that scored "worse than" national average in 30-day readmission also "better than" national average in 30-day mortality




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