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Hospital Wide All Cause Readmission Measure

The measure estimates a hospital-level risk-standardized readmission rate (RSRR) of unplanned, all-cause readmission after admission for any eligible condition within 30 days of hospital discharge. The measure reports a single summary risk-standardized readmission rate (RSRR), derived from the volume-weighted results of five different models, one for each of the following specialty cohorts based on groups of discharge condition categories or procedure categories: surgery/gynecology, general medicine, cardiorespiratory, cardiovascular, and neurology, each of which will be described in greater detail below. The measure also indicates the hospital-level standardized risk ratios (SRR) for each of these five specialty cohorts. The outcome is defined as unplanned readmission for any cause within 30 days of the discharge date for the index admission. Admissions for planned procedures that are not accompanied by an acute diagnosis do not count as readmissions in the measure outcome. The target population is patients 18 and over. CMS annually reports the measure for patients who are 65 years or older and are enrolled in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare and hospitalized in non-federal hospitals.

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2015

Measure Info

NQF 1789NQF Endorsed
Measure Type: 
Measure Steward: 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Clinical Topic Area: 
Care Coordination

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ACP supports this measure. There is some evidence that readmission performance measures have reduced rates at the margins and improved population health. Additionally, this measure pushes population health and discourages facilities from solely targeting repeat readmissions to reduce their overall readmission rate.