Tuesday, July 6, 2010

1 in 5 Heart Attack Patients returns

What do Billings,Montana, Sarasota,Florida and Rapid City,South Dakota have in common? They all have hospitals with the lowest readmission rates for heart attack patients in the United States.

St Vincent Healthcare, 286 beds, Billings, Montana 15.3%
Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 828 beds, Sarasota, Florida 15.4%
Rapid City Regional Hospital, 417 beds,Rapid City,South Dakota 15.6%

Most people don't realize that 1 in 5 patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge after a heart attack, for any reason. The national average is 19.9 % according to the Hospital Quality Information sent in by hospitals to CMS (Medicare) across the United States.
Variations between hospitals even in the same area can be due to
a. The severity of the patients admitted
b. Quality level of discharge partners such as home health care agenices and nursing homes
c. Care offered prior to discharge
d. Addressing reasons for the readmissions unrelated to the heart attack.

Interested in learning about readmission rates for hospitals you use? Find them easy- search for hospitals on WhereToFindCare.com; the information is listed on the quality tab.

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