30 Day Readmission Rates to U.S. Hospitals

Hospital readmissions can sometimes feel like a revolving door.  Now a new study from AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) is shedding light on those most likely to get readmitted to the hospital, as well as readmission rates for specific procedures and diagnoses.  Part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, the infographic below features data on 30-day readmission rates to U.S. hospitals. Take a look and comment below to share your thoughts.

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data from 2010 provide the most comprehensive national estimates of 30-day readmission rates for specific procedures and diagnoses.* Examples include (picture of a revolving door dividing halves of the image - one half is labeled By Procedure, the other By Diagnosis):  By Procedure (Picture of five people, with one person following an arrow into the revolving door)   Nearly one in five patients with these common procedures was readmitted:   23% Amputation of lower extremity, 19% Heart valve procedures, 19% Debridement of a wound, infection, or burn.  By Diagnosis (Picture of four people, with one person following an arrow into the revolving door)   Nearly one in four patients with these common diagnoses was readmitted:    25% Congestive heart failure, 22% Schizophrenia, 22% Acute and unspecified renal failure  Nearly one in three patients with these less frequent procedures was readmitted (Picture of a person with the brain, an arm wound, a heart, and kidneys visible):   29% Kidney transplant   29% Ileostomy and other enterostomy Nearly one in three patients with these less frequent diagnoses was readmitted:   32% Sickle cell anemia   32% Gangrene  Readmission Rates by Payer (flanked by icons of an IV and a clip board) Medicaid and Medicare patients have a higher percentage of readmissions than other payers   Procedure: Amputation of lower extremity (Bar chart of payer percentages)    Medicare: 26%, Medicaid: 22%, Privately Insured: 17%, Uninsured: 13% Diagnosis: Congestive heart failure (Bar chart of payer percentages)    Medicare: 30%, Medicaid: 25%, Privately Insured: 20%, Uninsured: 17% *Readmissions were for all causes and did not necessarily include the same procedure or diagnosis as the original admission (index stay).   Source: HCUP Statistical Briefs #153 and #154: http://www.hcupus.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/statbriefs.jsp  (logos of HCUP, Department of Health and Human Services and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

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