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Readmissions to the Hospital

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare, recently began releasing 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 our 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.

Rush's readmission rates

Heart attack readmissions

Heart attack readmission rates for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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 21.5 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

Heart failure readmission rates for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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 25.9 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

Pneumonia readmission rates for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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 21.0 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.


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