Johns Hopkins study questions link between readmissions, care quality

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Readmissions are a common metric used to penalize hospitals, but new research suggests that some hospitals with high readmission rates may be saving more lives.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins studied three years of public hospital data gathered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and compared the readmission rates with mortality rates for six conditions: heart attack, pneumonia, heart failure, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coronary artery bypass. The hospitals with the highest readmission rates had better mortality rates for COPD, stroke and heart failure, according to the study.

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