Readmissions Rise at PA Hospitals

Monday, September 28th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Pennsylvania hospitals got good and bad news last week: while mortality rates for 158 hospitals fell significantly from 2002 to 2008, readmission rates for this same period increased significantly from 18.3 to 19.1 percent, with 38.2 percent of readmissions due to complications or infections. These readmissions accounted for almost $1.1 billion in charges and 157,000 hospital days, according to the state’s Hospital Performance Report. The largest significant increase in readmissions over this time period was in diabetes medical management, where the readmission rate increased from 19.4 percent in 2002 to 21.3 percent in 2008.

The use of technologies to engage patients in chronic disease improvement programs is beginning to pay off in reduced hospital admissions. In a featured podcast in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, learn how remote monitoring of heart failure patients reduced hospital readmissions for the Henry Ford Health System by more than a third. Preliminary results from this month’s e-survey on the use of telehealth indicate that 50 percent of respondents remotely monitor patients with chronic illnesses, with some very positive results. Take this survey by September 30 and receive an executive summary of the results.

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