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READMISSIONS: How to reduce bounce back from SNFs

After an inpatient stay in the hospital, some patients are discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for continued recuperation and therapy.  This article summarizes the findings of a literature search of studies on how to avoid bounce back – readmission of these patients from the SNF to the hospital within 30 days.  Learnings about barriers and strategies from the 10 studies are compared in this article.

Source: Mileski, M., and others. (2017). An investigation of quality improvement initiatives in decreasing the rate of avoidable 30-day, skilled nursing facility-to-hospital readmissions: A systematic review. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 12, 213-222. Click here for free full text: https://www.dovepress.com/getfile.php?fileID=34598.  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

READMISSIONS: Top 10 most frequent DRGs for 30-day hospital readmissions, U.S. 2013

These are data collected by the federal government – the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – as part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationside Readmissions Database, 2013.  This is a free database – our tax dollars spent for interesting national data.

Top 10 DRGs by NUMBER of 30-Day Readmissions
[Note: The DRG official names are longer – explicitly including or excluding complications and comorbidities, for example.  I’ve shortened the names below.  Please see the source for the full condition names.

  • 184,730  DRG 885: Psychoses
  • 113,376  DRG 871: Septicemia
  •   96,130  DRG 392: Esophagitis
  •   79,908  DRG 292: Heart failure (with complications or comorbidities)
  •   69,847  DRG 291: Heart failure (with major complications or comorbidities)
  •   62,852  DRG 847: Chemotherapy without acute leukemia as secondary diagnosis
  •   54,304  DRG 812: Red blood cell disorders
  •   53,224  DRG 683: Renal failure
  •   51,039  DRG 194: Simple pneumonia & pleurisy
  •   50,719  DRG 190: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Top 10 DRGs by PERCENT of Cases That Are 30-Day Readmissions

  • 86 percent  DRG 780: False labor
  • 72 percent  DRG 839: One of the chemotherapy DRGs
  • 70 percent  DRG 847: Another of the chemo DRGs
  • 67 percent  DRG 838: Another of the chemo DRGs
  • 67 percent  DRG 846: Another of the chemo DRGs
  • 67 percent DRG  848: Another of the chemo DRGs
  • 51 percent  DRG 778: Threatened abortion
  • 49 percent  DRG 834: One of the acute leukemia DRGs
  • 46 percent  DRG 835: Another of the acute leukemia DRGs
  • 36 percent  DRG 840: Lymphoma and non-acute leukemia

Source: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research. All patient readmissions within 30 days: National statistics, 2013.  Click here: http://hcupnet.ahrq.gov/HCUPnet.jsp?Id=4955DDB08ECF260B&Form=SelDXPR&JS=Y&Action=%3E%3ENext%3E%3E&_DXPR=PreRunDRG   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

30-DAY READMISSIONS: 6.1 percent after surgery in this large-scale study of six procedures

The 30-day readmission rate following 6 surgical procedures was studied based on data from 346 hospitals participating in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.  The data were for the calendar year 2012 and included nearly half a million patients.  The investigators looked at both the all-cause and the unplanned readmission rate.  Here are a few interesting data points:


  • 6.1 percent (overall for the 6 procedures studied), all-cause
  • 5.7 percent (overall for the 6 procedures studied), unplanned
  • 4.5 percent (total hip or knee), all-cause
  • 4.3 percent (total hip or knee), unplanned

The other procedures studied were: bariatric, colectomy or proctectomy, ventral hernia repair, hysterectomy, and lower extremity vascular bypass.

Source: Merkow, R.P., Ju, M.H., and others. (2015, Feb. 3). Underlying reasons associated with hospital readmission following surgery in the United States. JAMA, 313(5), 438-495. Click here for the publisher’s website: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2107788   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2003, rc@aha.org