The Performance of US Hospitals as Reflected in Risk-Standardized 30-Day Mortality and Readmission Rates for Medicare Beneficiaries with Pneumonia

Publisher: Journal of Hospital Medicine, vol. 5, issue 6
Jul 01, 2010
Peter K. Lindenauer, Susannah M. Bernheim, Jacqueline N. Grady, Zhenqiu Lin, Yun Wang, Yongfei Wang, Angela R. Merrill, Lein F. Han, Michael T. Rapp, Elizabeth E. Drye, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, and Harlan M. Krumholz
Using hospital and outpatient Medicare claims between 2006 and 2009, this cross-sectional study describes patterns of hospital and regional performance in the outcomes of elderly patients with pneumonia, a leading cause of hospitalization and death in this population. Risk-standardized 30-day mortality and readmission rates for patients with pneumonia vary substantially across hospitals and regions and may present opportunities for quality improvement.