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Hospital Readmission Rates

Editor’s note: If we were able to improve hospital readmission rates, how many health care dollars would we save in both services and in capital expense of facility reductions?

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Hospital readmission rates in Pennsylvania: 17.3% for aspiration pneumonia

The Wall Street Journal reports hospital readmission rates in Pennsylvania for selected conditions in 2008 as:

  • Pneumonia (aspiration): 17.3%
  • Respiratory failure (with mechanical ventilator): 15.5%
  • Respiratory failure (without mechanical ventilator): 15.3%
  • Kidney failure (acute): 11.5%
  • Stroke (hemorrhagic): 9.5%
  • Hip fracture (surgical repair): 8.6%
  • Kidney and urinary tract (infections): 8.3%
  • Pneumonia (infectious): 8.0%
  • Congestive heart failure: 7.7%

Data Source: Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

Publication: “Hospitals Find Way to Make Care Cheaper–Make it Better.” The Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2009. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125478721514066137.html

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October 8, 2009 - Posted by | healthcare, quality | , , ,

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