The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration will post data on potentially preventable hospital readmissions on its consumer-oriented Web site FloridaHealthFinder.gov.
"Hospital readmissions are often avoidable and always costly, said AHCA Secretary Holly Benson in a news release announcing the new metric Thursday. By sharing this data we will help hospitals, providers and especially patients improve the discharge process and the delivery of healthcare."
Kim Striet, vice president for healthcare research and information at the Florida Hospital Association, said data will help officials to identify and prevent avoidable hospitalizations. The statewide figures allow hospitals for the first time to track patients who may be discharged from one hospital and quickly readmitted to another, she said.
The data were gathered from admissions for the 12 months prior to March 31, 2007, tracking 54 conditions and procedures for the 60,707 readmissions during that period out of 877,228 total cases, the state agency said.