Readmissions and deaths

Readmissions and deaths

Measures of readmissions and deaths show how often patients who are hospitalized for certain conditions experience serious problems soon after they are discharged. Rates of readmission show when patients who have had a recent hospital stay need to go back into a hospital again for unplanned care within 30 days of leaving the hospital. Death rates show when patients die, for any reason, within 30 days of admission to a hospital. Hospitals can often prevent these events by following best practices for treating patients. The tables below provide data on the following measures: 

Rates of readmission

Measure # Measure Name Data Location
READM-30-COPD Rate of readmission for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients Data available in the table below
READM-30-AMI Rate of readmission for heart attack patients Data for VHA and non-VHA hospitals available in the Unplanned Hospital Visits dataset
READM-30-HF Rate of readmission for heart failure patients Data for VHA and non-VHA hospitals available in the Unplanned Hospital Visits dataset
READM-30-PN Rate of readmission for pneumonia patients Data for VHA and non-VHA hospitals available in the Unplanned Hospital Visits dataset

Death rates

Measure # Measure Name Data Location
MORT-30-COPD Death rate for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients Data available in the table below
MORT-30-AMI Death rate for heart attack patients Data for VHA and non-VHA hospitals available in the Complications and Deaths dataset
MORT-30-HF Death rate for heart failure patients Data for VHA and non-VHA hospitals available in the Complications and Deaths dataset
MORT-30-PN Death rate for pneumonia patients Data for VHA and non-VHA hospitals available in the Complications and Deaths dataset

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