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Hospital Readmission Rates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare, releases data on hospital readmissions. For a small number of vulnerable patients, hospital readmission is often the right thing to do. Our goal isn't to stop all readmissions, just unnecessary ones.

Here is Rush's data on readmissions within 30 days after an initial discharge from the hospital for patients who experienced a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia. All numbers are based on the most recent data available from CMS.

Heart attack readmissions

This measurement shows whether patients who enter a hospital for a heart attack are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after an initial discharge. This measure indicates that 17.6 percent of patients treated for a heart attack at Rush were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their initial discharge.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

Heart failure readmissions

This measurement shows whether patients who enter a hospital for heart failure are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after an initial discharge. This measure indicates that 23.1 percent of patients treated for heart failure at Rush were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their initial discharge.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

Pneumonia readmissions

This measurement shows whether patients who enter a hospital for pneumonia need to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after an initial discharge. This measure indicates that 19.6 percent of patients treated for pneumonia at Rush were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their initial discharge.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.