Thirty-day readmission rates as a measure of quality: causes of readmission after orthopedic surgeries and accuracy of administrative data.

@article{McCormack2013ThirtydayRR,
  title={Thirty-day readmission rates as a measure of quality: causes of readmission after orthopedic surgeries and accuracy of administrative data.},
  author={Richard A. McCormack and Ryan F Michels and Nicholas N. Ramos and Lorraine H Hutzler and James D. Slover and Joseph A. Bosco},
  journal={Journal of healthcare management / American College of Healthcare Executives},
  year={2013},
  volume={58 1},
  pages={64-76; discussion 76-7}
}
The rate of unplanned 30-day readmissions to the hospital after discharge is being used as a marker to compare the quality of care across hospitals and to set reimbursement levels for care. While the readmission rate can be reported using administrative data, the accuracy of these data is variable, and defining which readmissions are unplanned and preventable is often difficult. The purpose of this study was to review readmissions to a single orthopedic hospital to identify the causes for… CONTINUE READING

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