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Hospital 30-Day Readmission Rates and Costs by Diagnosis or Procedure

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has added 30-day readmission rates for all patients to its Healthcare Costs and Utilization Project online tool, HCUPnet. Data for 2009 and 2010 are now available. Quick national statistical tables can be viewed or downloaded that include the type of diagnosis or procedure, total index volume and average cost per hospital stay for each diagnosis/procedure, and the number and rate of readmissions that occurred.  The average readmission cost is also included in each of the reports below based on different classification systems used:

Using the Readmission Summary Tables option, the web site also generates more detailed reports for individual diagnoses and procedures selected. These reports include patient demographics — age, gender, type of insurance coverage, income status, and urban or rural residence. Causes for the readmissions are also listed. Another nice feature: tables can be downloaded to Excel.

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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