30-Day Readmission Rates for Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center monitors and reports the number of Medicare patients receiving treatment for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia who need to come back to a hospital within 30 days of being discharged.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which collect these data, consider 30-day readmission rates to be an “outcome of care” measure. They show what happened after patients with certain conditions received care at a medical center. Such measures show how well a hospital is doing in preventing complications, educating patients about their care needs and helping patients make a smooth transition from the hospital to home or another type of care facility.

Some readmissions are appropriate and medically necessary for a patient's health. A study highlighted in the July 15, 2010, New England Journal of Medicine shows the need for additional research. The goal in regards to readmissions and quality patient care is to assure that a patient spends no more time in the hospital than is appropriate and medically necessary for their condition and health status.

The readmission rates reported here are limited to people who have Medicare and who are 65 years old or older. The readmission rates are “risk-adjusted.” This means that the calculations take into consideration how sick patients were when they were first admitted to the hospital.

In each of the three areas, Cedars-Sinai’s readmission rates are statistically no different than the national average. The charts below compare Cedars-Sinai with the national rates.

30-Day Readmission Rate for Heart Attack Patients

The rate at which patients being treated for a heart attack needed to be readmitted to Cedars-Sinai was no different than that of the U.S. national rate. 

 A lower observed readmission rate is better than a higher one. 

 

30-Day Readmission Rate for Heart Failure Patients

The rate at which patients being treated for heart failure needed to be readmitted to Cedars-Sinai was statistically no different than that of the U.S. national rate.  

 A lower observed readmission rate is better than a higher one. 


30-Day Readmission Rate for Pneumonia Patients

The rate at which patients being treated for pneumonia needed to be readmitted to Cedars-Sinai was statistically no different than that of the U.S. national rate during the reporting period.  

  A lower observed readmission rate is better than a higher one.