Hospital-Wide Adult All-Payer Readmissions and Revisits in Massachusetts
Emergency Department Visits After Inpatient Discharge
Hospital readmissions are a central issue in efforts to improve health care quality and reduce costs, due to readmissions being a costly and potentially preventable problem that impacts patient health and experience of care both nationally and in Massachusetts. CHIA currently releases three analytic products annually concerning readmissions:
- The report Hospital-Wide Adult All-Payer Readmissions in Massachusetts: SFY 2011-2015, released in December 2016, takes a statewide look at readmissions in Massachusetts acute care hospitals, providing insights into statewide, regional, and hospital-specific readmission rates, including data cuts by payer type, discharge setting, and hospital characteristics.
- The Hospital Readmissions Profiles series, updated in April 2017, includes a short graphical report for each acute care hospital in the Commonwealth. These profiles provide more in-depth readmission statistics for each hospital broken out by several factors and presented in the context of the statewide figures.
- Behavioral Health and Readmissions in Massachusetts Acute Care Hospitals, released in August 2016, examines the readmission patterns for individuals with comorbid behavioral health conditions in Massachusetts acute care hospitals.
Providers, payers, and policymakers are increasingly turning their attention to whether the patient returns to the acute care setting at any level (emergency department (ED), observation, or inpatient) within 30 days of inpatient discharge.