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U.S. Hospitals with an Average Length of Stay 15 Days or More for Respiratory Failure have Readmission Rate Over 7% Higher than the National Average

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A recent Dexur analysis of 2016 Medicare inpatient claims data from CMS discovered a 0.32 correlation between average length of stay and inpatient readmission rate for pulmonary edema and respiratory failure discharges. This finding indicates that average LOS and readmission rate have a weak, positive correlation for such discharges. Hospitals with an average LOS of more than 6.9 days for pulmonary edema or respiratory failure accounted for an inpatient readmission rate of 33.92%, while hospitals with an average LOS of under 4.05 days accounted for a readmission rate of 27.31%.

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