Readmission Rate

Improving Flow

Definition

Percentage of admitted patients who return to the hospital within seven days of discharge.

 

Goal
The percentage of admitted patients who return to the hospital within seven days of discharge will stay the same or decrease as changes are made to improve patient flow through the system.

 

Data Collection Plan

Each month, use your financial and/or admission information systems to identify patients who were discharged that month and also had a second admission within seven days of the initial discharge.

 

Percentage of readmitted patients is an important balancing measure to indicate if changes to patient flow through the system are negatively affecting care. While some readmissions are part of the planned care and are desirable, others may be indications of a quality issue related to shortened length of stay and premature discharge.

 

Sample Graph

 

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