The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) has released a new report on hospital readmission rates. Focusing on four conditions, the report examines repeat hospitalizations for the same condition in an effort to identify readmissions that might be prevented.
Examining hospital discharges from January 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014, the report presents hospital-specific data, including 30-day readmission ratings for the same condition and the average hospital charges of these readmissions. Conditions examined include abnormal heartbeat, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), and diabetes–medical management. The report also includes county-level rates and statewide data on Medicare and Medicaid payments.