Overall mortality for 20 conditions tracked by a Pennsylvania quality organization has declined in the past six years but readmission rates have increased.
Pa. mortality rates fall; readmissions rise: report
From 2002 to 2008 mortality rates fell to 4.2% from 5.1%, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, a state agency charged with collecting and analyzing patient care and cost data for public reporting. At the same time, readmission rates increased from 18.3% to 19.1%. In 2008, readmissions because of complications or infections, comprising 32% of all 57,852 readmissions, accounted for about $1.1 billion in charges and 157,000 hospital days, the council said in its report.
Patient mortality rates decreased most significantly in 14 of the 20 conditions, with the largest decline seen in hemorrhagic stroke, according to the report. The council's annual report includes mortality, readmission, length of stay and hospital charge information for 158 hospitals from Oct. 1, 2007, to Sept. 30, 2008.
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania responded to the state report, praising hospitals for their efforts to reduce mortality and saying they would continue to study the causes of readmission to try to reduce preventable hospital stays.
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