Readmissions and Deaths

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

Measures of 30-day unplanned readmission show when patients who have had a recent hospital stay need to go back into a hospital again 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.

Below, RMH performance on death and unplanned readmission measured is compared to the National rates for those measures.  The performance results take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital.



Data shown below for RMH is from the most recent update of CMS Hospital Compare / Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

 Measure

RMH
Performance 

National Rate

Notes: 

 
Rate of unplanned readmissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD) patients

No different than the National rate 

20.2% 

 

Death rate for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients

No different than the National rate 

7.7% 

 

Rate of unplanned readmissions for heart attack patients 

No different than the National rate 

17.0% 

 

Death rate for heart attack patients

No different than the National rate 

14.2% 

 

Rate of unplanned readmissions for hearth failure patients 

No different than the National rate 

22.0% 

 

Death rate for heart failure patients

No different than the National rate 

11.6% 

 

Rate of unplanned readmissions for pneumonia patients

No different than the National rate 

16.9% 

 

Death rate for pneumonia patients

No different than the National rate 

11.5% 

 

Rate of unplanned readmissions for stroke patients

No different than the National rate 

12.7% 

 

Death rate for stroke patients

No different than the National rate 

14.8% 

 

Rate of unplanned readmissions for coronary artery bypass graft
(CABG) surgery patients

Not avail. 

14.9% 

Results not avail. for this
reporting period. 

Death rate for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery patients

Not avail. 

 3.2%

Results not avail. for this
reporting period. 

Rate of unplanned readmission after hip/knee surgery

Number of cases too small

4.8% 

 

Rate of unplanned readmission after discharge from hospital
(hospital-wide)

No different from the National rate

15.2%