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30-Day Readmission Rates to U.S. Hospitals
 
30-Day Readmission Rates to U.S. Hospitals


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:

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By Procedure

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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

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Nearly one in four patients with these common diagnoses was readmitted:
  • 25% Congestive heart failure
  • 22% Schizophrenia
  • 22% Acute and unspecified renal failure
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Nearly one in three patients with these less frequent procedures was readmitted:
  • 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
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Readmission Rates by Payer

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Medicaid and Medicare patients have a higher percentage of readmissions than other payers

Procedure: Amputation of lower extremity

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  • Medicare: 26%
  • Medicaid: 22%
  • Privately Insured: 17%
  • Uninsured: 13%
Diagnosis: Congestive heart failure

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  • 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.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/statbriefs.jsp

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Internet Citation: 30-Day Readmission Rates to U.S. Hospitals. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). June 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/infographics/30dayreadmission.jsp.
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