Readmissions and Patient Mortality

Patients who are admitted to the hospital for treatment of medical problems may experience problems soon after they are discharged and need to be readmitted to the hospital. Some patients may even die. These events can often be prevented if hospitals follow best practices for treating patients.

Measures of 30-day unplanned readmissions show when patients who have had a recent hospital stay need to return to a hospital for unplanned care within 30 days of their initial discharge.

Measures of 30-day death (mortality) show when patients die, for any reason, within 30 days of admission to a hospital. The performance results take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital.


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