Hospital Readmission Rates Remain Unchanged
Feb. 11—Despite initiatives to decrease hospital readmissions—the cost of which totals $26 billion annually for Medicare patients alone—the national hospital readmission rate of 15.9 percent remained largely the same from 2004 to 2010, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report.
The data from the report, titled Revolving Door: A Report on U.S. Hospital Readmissions, from the RWJF-funded Dartmouth Atlas Project, showed, however, that 30-day readmission rates varied regionally between 2008 and 2010. Medical readmission rates ranged from 11.4 percent in Ogden, Utah, to 18.1 percent in the Bronx, N.Y. Surgical readmissions rates varied more than twofold, from 7.6 percent in Bend, Ore., to 18.3 percent in the Bronx, with a national average of 12.4 percent.
Methods of lowering readmission rates include discharge management with follow-up—generally by an advanced practice nurse—patient coaching, disease/health management, and provision of telehealth services.
Publication Date: Monday, February 11, 2013