Hospital Readmissions of Children May Be Underestimated, New Study Says
Failure to track hospital readmissions to different hospitals can underestimate readmissions of children by as much as 13.9 percent, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Hospital readmission rates are a common measure of hospital quality. Same-hospital readmission rates (SHRs) are most commonly tracked and reported. Hospitals usually lack data on different-hospital readmissions (DHRs) – that is, whether their patients are readmitted within a specific timeframe to a different hospital. In this AHRQ-funded study, researchers sought to determine the rate of 30-day pediatric DHRs. They analyzed 701,263 pediatric discharges from 177 acute-care hospitals in New York over a five-year period to identify an SHR rate, a DHR rate and an all-hospital readmission rate. The researchers concluded that DHRs, which constituted 13.9 percent of all readmissions in the study, affect all-hospital readmission rates and make SHRs an incomplete measure of readmissions and thus of quality. The study andabstract, “Same-Hospital Readmission Rates as a Measure of Pediatric Quality of Care,” were published August 3.
JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Aug 3. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.1129. [Epub ahead of print]
Same-Hospital Readmission Rates as a Measure of Pediatric Quality of Care.
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