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Report looks at regional variance in hospital readmissions

February 11, 2013

The 30-day readmissions rate for Medicare surgery patients fell by a relative 3% between 2008 and 2010, while the readmissions rate for other Medicare patients fell by 1.7%, according to a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The findings are based on data from the Dartmouth Atlas Project, which found regional readmissions rates for 2010 ranged between 7.6% and 18.3% for surgery patients and between 11.4% and 18.1% for medical patients. The report includes patient and health care provider perspectives on readmissions based on interviews conducted in the Washington, D.C., New York and Dallas areas. "Although hospitals are a key venue of care, the one thing that's clear is that this is not just a hospital problem," said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. "Patients, families, friends and the entire community have a role to play in reducing avoidable readmissions, and to succeed we need to face this problem together." AHA is a partner in Care About Your Care, a RWJF initiative highlighting effective strategies to improve care transitions and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. The project will host a Feb. 13 webcast on the report.