Should readmission rates be used to measure hospital quality? New study casts doubts
Hospitals with higher readmission rates are actually more likely to have lower mortality scores for patients treated for heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and stroke, according to a new study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
The study comes from a group of physicians and researchers with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. For the study, the group examined three years of CMS data on hospitals from across the United States. The group compared data on readmission rates and mortality rates across six conditions — heart attack, pneumonia, heart failure, stroke, COPD and coronary artery bypass — from nearly 4,500 acute care facilities.
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