Study: Death Rates Rise at Critical Access Hospitals
April 3—Mortality rates have increased at critical access hospitals for certain conditions compared with rates for the same conditions at other hospitals, according to a study in the April 3 issue of JAMA.
The analysis included data on more than 10 million Medicare beneficiaries admitted to critical access and other acute care hospitals with a heart attack, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia between 2002 and 2010. The 30-day mortality rates for those in the data group were comparable in 2002, but increased 0.1 percent per year among critical access hospitals between 2002 and 2010. During the same period, mortality rates decreased 0.2 percent per year among non-critical access acute care hospitals, for a difference in change in mortality of 0.3 percent per year, the researchers found.
Publication Date: Wednesday, April 03, 2013