Hospital-Wide Adult All-Payer Readmissions in Massachusetts: SFY 2011-2018



Click to see the Full Size Readmissions Infographic 2011 2018

Click to see full size image

The Massachusetts Hospital-Wide Adult All-Payer Readmissions SFY 2011-2018 report provides a statewide look at readmissions from Massachusetts acute care hospitals, enabling insights into statewide, regional, and hospital-specific readmission rates, including breakdowns by payer type, discharge setting, and hospital characteristics.

Key Findings:

  • The unplanned, all-payer readmission rate for Massachusetts acute care hospitals is unchanged from last year (15.4% in both 2017 and 2018).

  • Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries had higher readmission rates than patients with commercial insurance (17.8%, 16.4%, and 9.8%, respectively).

  • Medicare patients aged 65 and over had the highest total number of readmissions; Medicare patients under 65 had the highest rate of readmission (22.0%).

  • Frequently hospitalized patients (patients hospitalized four or more times in the previous 12 months) accounted for over half (52%) of all readmissions.

  • Over one-third (35%) of readmissions occur within one week of initial discharge.

  • Readmission rates for patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities or rehabilitation have increased in the last three years.



Previous Publication Materials

Statewide Adult All-Payer Readmissions in MA: 2011-2017


Statewide Adult All-Payer Readmissions in MA: 2011-2016


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)