CMS study finds wide gap in mortality rates among U.S. hospitals

07/9/2009 | USA Today

A CMS analysis of Medicare records found a wide variation in mortality rates between the best and worst U.S. hospitals. Researchers said at 5.9% of hospitals, pneumonia patients had significantly higher mortality rates than the national average, as did heart failure patients at 3.4% of hospitals and heart attack patients at 1.2% of facilities. The report found most hospitals also have high readmission rates within 30 days of discharge.

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