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Vital New Quality Data on Hospital Readmission Rates Available on Hospital Compare Website
Date:7/9/2009

the U.S. national rate," "better than the U.S. national rate" or "worse than the U.S. national rate" - to provide results that are clear and understandable to patients and consumers. Each hospital's readmission rates for the specific condition also can be compared to its state's average. Additionally, each rate is shown as a single number, along with a confidence interval that indicates the range of certainty in which the hospital's true performance falls.

The methodology used to calculate the readmission rates uses Medicare billing records from July 2005 to June 2008. The information being made available today on Hospital Compare represents an important starting point from which providers can learn and take additional steps in their efforts to reduce readmissions.

Hospitals, other health care providers and community organizations can work together to understand the readmission rate information and investigate factors that may contribute to hospital readmissions, such as the availability of primary and hospice care in the community or transportation challenges patients might face in getting to follow-up appointments.

The new update joins a growing collection of clinical care information on the Hospital Compare Web site - the product of the collaboration of public and private sector organizations known as HQA. HQA members work together to improve the quality of care provided by the nation's hospitals by measuring and publicly reporting information about hospital care. A key goal of the HQA is to collect and report data on a robust set of standardized and easy-to-understand hospital quality measures. The HQA is continuing its efforts to identify the most meaningful information to include on the Hospital Compare Web site in the future to help inform patient and clinical decision making.

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