Pediatric Readmissions

(Published October 2023)

New! The Pediatric All-Payer Readmissions in Massachusetts: SFY 2017-2022 report is CHIA’s inaugural readmissions report on pediatric population in Massachusetts. This report presents statewide readmissions by patient demographics, payer type, and diagnoses, in addition to risk-adjusted rates by acute care hospitals and hospital types.

This analysis uses Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data (HIDD) from CHIA’s Massachusetts Acute Hospital Case Mix Database. 

Key Findings

  • In 2022, the pediatric readmission rate was 4.7%, and has stayed consistent from 2017 to 2022, with annual rates ranging from 4.5% to 4.7%.

  • The average length of stay for a discharge resulting in a readmission was 2.8 days longer than for discharges that did not result in a readmission (10.3 vs. 7.5 days, respectively).

  • In 2022, pediatric patients with medically complex chronic conditions had a higher readmission rate (10.6%) compared to those with chronic conditions who were not medically complex (3.7%) or had no chronic conditions (2.3%).

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