Readmission rate could be not as relevant as it seems in measuring hospital’s performance

19 Apr
UCSF Medical Center and Sutro Tower behind it....

UCSF Medical Center and Sutro Tower behind it. Taken from Golden Gate Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All cause readmission rate in a hospital service will be a misleading quality indicator as long as it do not differentiate between scheduled readmissions (such as step by step procedure or multiple stage interventions) and readmissions motivated by a complication of the initial stay.

A neurosurgeons team of the departments of neurological surgery and orthopedic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is unveiling the pitfalls in an abstract published in a congress in Miami: the 28th annual American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) meeting.

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Pitfalls of Calculating Hospital Readmission Rates Based Solely on Nonvalidated Administrative Datasets
Beejal Y. Amin MD; Urvij Modhia MD; Keishi Mauro MD; Lumine Na; Steven Takemoto PhD; Christopher P. Ames MD; Vedat
Deviren MD; Dean Chou MD; Sigurd Berven MD; Praveen V. Mummaneni MD:
all cause readmission rate

Hospital Readmission Rates Misleading, UCSF Medical Center Study Finds
Spinal Surgeries at UCSF Much More Successful than Reported in Public Statistics:
http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2012/04/11871/hospital-readmission-rates-misleading-ucsf-medical-center-study-finds

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