Study: No link between readmissions, hospital mortality rates

02/14/2013 | Kaiser Health News · Reuters

A hospital's readmission rates are not linked to mortality rates, according to a Yale University study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Data found no relationship between the number of Medicare patients with heart attack and pneumonia who were readmitted within 30 days and those who died, and showed from 5% to 9% of hospitals had both low readmission and low mortality rates. CMS uses readmission rates to judge hospital quality and punishes high rates with reduced payments.

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