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PHC4 Annual Report on Hospital Performance Shows Improvement in Readmission Rates but Increasing Mortality Rates

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A performance report of Pennsylvania hospitals shows significant statewide decreases in 30-day readmission rates, as seen in previous performance reports. However, contrary to previous trends, the new report also shows significant statewide increases in in-hospital mortality rates for most of the reported conditions.

Released by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), the annual report, known as the Hospital Performance Report, includes hospital-specific mortality and 30-day readmission ratings as well as volume of cases and hospital charges for patients discharged from Pennsylvania’s acute care hospitals from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021, which is federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021. Changes in statewide rates across time are also examined.

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