Risk-Standardized Mortality Rates Not Associated with Risk-Standard Readmission Rates in AMI or Pneumonia Patients
"These findings should allay concerns that institutions with good performance on RSMRs will necessarily be identified as poor performers on their RSRRs," note the authors. Further, these findings "indicate that many institutions do well on mortality and readmission and that performance on one does not dictate performance on the other," they add.
Commenting on the study, Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC, Harold H. Hines Jr. professor of medicine and epidemiology and public health at the Yale University School of Medicine, notes "the study dispels concerns that hospitals with good mortality rates will necessarily have high readmission rates. We found that hospitals can excel in both measures – and that these measures seem to reflect very different facets of health care performance, as they are not strongly related to each other. Our goal now is to determine how the best performing hospitals are able to do well on both measures and share those lessons broadly."
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