Reliability of hospital readmission rates in vascular surgery.

  title={Reliability of hospital readmission rates in vascular surgery.},
  author={A Arteaga Gonz{\'a}lez and Micah E. Girotti and Terry Chi-Jih Shih and Thomas W. Wakefield and Justin B. Dimick},
  journal={Journal of vascular surgery},
  volume={59 6},
OBJECTIVE The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently began assessing financial penalties to hospitals with high readmission rates for a narrow set of medical conditions. Because these penalties will be extended to surgical conditions in the near future, we sought to determine whether readmissions are a reliable predictor of hospital performance with vascular surgery. METHODS We examined 4 years of national Medicare claims data from 1576 hospitals on beneficiaries undergoing three… CONTINUE READING