Hospitals with the Poorest Patients Have the Highest Readmission Rates

December 27, 2011
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The analysis showed that 11.7 percent of the Most Poor Patients hospitals were ranked by Medicare as having worse readmission rates than the national average. Only 4.3 percent of the rest of the hospitals had worse-than-average readmission rates. In other words, those hospitals with the largest share of poor patients were 2.7 times as likely to have high readmission rates.

The analysis showed that 11.7 percent of the Most Poor Patients hospitals were ranked by Medicare as having worse readmission rates than the national average. Only 4.3 percent of the rest of the hospitals had worse-than-average readmission rates. In other words, those hospitals with the largest share of poor patients were 2.7 times as likely to have high readmission rates.

But is it because of the patients or because of the hospitals?  Source: Kaiser Health News