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Readmission Responsibility Extends Beyond Hospitals
Health Leaders Media

County-based data collected from across the country show hospitals are far from solely responsible for readmission rates.

An analysis of the data, which is slated for publication this month in the journal Health Services Research, features information collected from 4,000 hospitals for patients with three conditions: acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia. The key finding of the study, “Community Factors and Hospital Readmission Rates,” is that 58% of the variation in readmission rates was related to community characteristics outside a hospital’s control.