Hospital-Wide Adult All-Payer Readmissions in Massachusetts: SFY 2011-2016


In this year’s report, CHIA found that the statewide all-payer readmission rate remained steady from SFY 2015 to the SFY 2016. Readmissions continued to vary greatly, however, depending on patient age, payer type, and discharge setting. Consistent with CHIA’s previous analyses, this report's findings suggest potential opportunities to focus efforts on the subset of patients who are frequently hospitalized.

Key Findings:

  • The unplanned, all-payer readmission rate for Massachusetts acute care hospitals was 15.9% in SFY 2016—the same rate as in the previous year.

  • The risk-standardized readmission rates for hospitals had more variability in 2016 compared to 2015, ranging from a low of 13.6% to a high of 18.1%.

  • Medicare and Medicaid insured patients have the highest readmission rates (18.0% and 17.1%, respectively) across payer types. These public payer groups collectively account for 83% of all readmissions in the Commonwealth.

  • Academic medical centers and teaching hospitals dominate the list of hospitals with consistently high risk-standardized readmission rates over the past five years.

  • Readmission rates among patients discharged to post-acute care settings are substantially higher than among patients discharged to home without services.


WEBDistribution of Hospital Risk Standardized Readmission Rates by Year SFY 2011 2016

Previous Publication Materials

Statewide Adult All-Payer Readmissions in MA: 2011-2015


Statewide Adult All-Payer Readmissions in MA: 2011-2014


Statewide Adult All-Payer Readmissions in MA: 2011-2013

Hospital Specific Readmissions Databook (Excel)