AHRQ-Funded Study Finds Lower Readmission Rates in Low-Volume Hospitals
A typical marker of high-quality hospital care is higher volume, especially for surgical care. However, an AHRQ-funded study has found that 30-day readmission rates are lowest among low-volume hospitals, suggesting that readmissions are associated with aspects of care other than mortality or complications. Using Medicare inpatient data of nearly 7 million adult discharges over a one-year period (2011-2012), researchers found the average risk-standardized 30-day readmission rate for hospitals in the group with the lowest volume was 14.7 percent, compared with 15.9 percent for hospitals in the group with the highest volume. The same pattern of significantly lower standardized readmission rates among the lowest volume hospitals was observed following medicine, cardio-respiratory and neurology admissions, but not following cardiovascular and surgery admissions. The study, titled “Association of Hospital Volume With Readmission Rates: a Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study,” and abstract were published online February 9 in the journal BMJ.
Association of hospital volume with readmission rates: a retrospective cross-sectional study. - PubMed - NCBI
BMJ. 2015 Feb 9;350:h447. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h447.
Association of hospital volume with readmission rates: a retrospective cross-sectional study.
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