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Readmissions

Returning to the hospital for unplanned care disrupts patients' lives, increases their risk of harmful events like healthcare-associated infections, and costs more money.  Hospitals that give high quality care can keep patients from returning to the hospital and reduce their stay if they have to come back.  Three types of measures report on unplanned hospital visits:

  • Rates of readmission show the percentage of patients who return to the hospital for an unplanned inpatient admission after leaving the hospital.
  • Rates of hospital visits show the percentage of patients who visit the hospital or other care settings after an outpatient procedure.
  • Hospital return days add up the days the patient was in an inpatient hospital unit, under observation, or in an emergency department for unplanned care.

Data shown below for Carle Richland Memorial Hospital is from the most recent update of CMS Hospital Compare / Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

 Measure Our
Performance
National Rate Notes
Rate of readmission for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients No different than the National Rate 19.8%%
Rate of readmission for heart attack patients Number of cases too small 16.3%
Hospital return days for heart attack patients Number of cases too small N/A
Rate of readmission for hearth failure patients No different from the National Rate 21.6%
Hospital return days for heart failure patients More days than average N/A
Rate of readmission for pneumonia patients No different from the National Rate 16.9%
Rate of readmission for stroke patients No different from the National Rate 12.2%
Rate of readmission for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery patients N/A 13.8% Hospital does not perform CABG surgery.
Rate of readmission after hip/knee replacement Number of cases too small 4.4%
Rate of unplanned hospital visits after an outpatient colonoscopy No different from the National Rate 16.4%
Rate of readmission after discharge from the hospital (hospital-wide) No different from the National Rate 15.3%