Hospitals with poor patient safety performance tended to have higher all-cause mortality and unplanned readmission rates for Medicare patients who were discharged following a heart attack, an AHRQ-funded study found. Researchers used 2009–2013 patient safety data from AHRQ’s Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System, along with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hospital mortality and readmission data, to conduct an analysis of heart attack patients in 793 acute-care hospitals. Hospitals’ patient safety ratings are based on 21 in-hospital adverse event measures. Researchers found that a 1 percent increase in adverse events was associated with average 4.9 percent increase in mortality and a 3.4 percent increase in unplanned readmission rates. The study, “Association Between Hospital Performance on Patient Safety and 30-Day Mortality and Unplanned Readmission for Medicare Fee-for-Service Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction,” and abstract appeared in the July issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association.
AHRQ Study Calculates Adverse Events Among Heart Attack Patients Treated at Hospitals With Poor Safety Performance
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