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No strong link between readmissions, mortality: study
Modern Healthcare

Researchers have failed to find evidence of a strong link between hospital readmission rates and mortality rates, calling into question concerns that the two might be inversely related.

For the study, which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers examined three years of Medicare data, assessing 30-day readmission and mortality rates among patients hospitalized with heart attack, pneumonia and heart failure. They found no relationship between readmissions and mortality for heart attack and pneumonia patients and only a weak association for heart failure patients.