Hospitals with the Highest COPD Admissions  

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD, is a chronic condition that affects the lungs and creates breathing difficulties. COPD encompasses a range of progressive lung diseases including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The most common cause of COPD is tobacco smoke, though other factors such as air pollutants, genetics and respiratory infections also play a role in COPD development and progression. 

Unfortunately, there is no cure for COPD, but it can be treated to minimize damage to the lungs and lessen the severity of symptoms. 

Let’s take an in-depth look at what hospitals have the most admissions for COPD based on Medicare and commercial claims data. 

Hospitals with the Most COPD Admissions Based on Medicare Diagnosis Claims  

Based on 2019 Medicare Claim Year 

Rank 

Definitive ID 

Hospital Name 

City 

State 

Total # of Patients w/ COPD 

Total # of Admissions for COPD 

  1.  

1927 

Charlton Memorial Hospital 

Fall River 

MA 

728 

1,009 

  1.  

873 

AdventHealth Orlando (FKA Florida Hospital Orlando) 

Orlando 

FL 

796 

914 

  1.  

744 

Christiana Hospital 

Newark 

DE 

520 

670 

  1.  

3525 

Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest 

Allentown 

PA 

519 

663 

  1.  

1960 

South Shore Hospital 

South Weymouth 

MA 

476 

612 

  1.  

7129 

Virtua Voorhees Hospital 

Voorhees 

NJ 

471 

575 

  1.  

1883 

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center 

Baltimore 

MD 

423 

557 

  1.  

841 

Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital (FKA Martin Medical Center) 

Stuart 

FL 

438 

532 

  1.  

308 

Enloe Medical Center 

Chico 

CA 

415 

525 

  1.  

273024 

Montefiore Hospital - Moses Campus 

Bronx 

NY 

388 

505 

 

Fig. 1 Data from Definitive Healthcare’s HospitalView product. Data is sourced from CMS Medicare Standard Analytical Files. The most recent annual Medicare data is from calendar year 2019; 2020 data is scheduled to be released in fall 2021. Accessed June 2021. 

Hospital with the Most COPD Admissions Based on 2019 Commercial Diagnosis Claims 

Rank 

Definitive ID 

Hospital Name 

City 

State 

Total # of Patients w/ COPD 

Total # of Admissions for COPD 

  1.  

1678 

Norton Hospital 

Louisville 

KY 

4,968 

10,300 

  1.  

274318 

Norton Audubon Hospital 

Louisville 

KY 

3,003 

5,731 

  1.  

1711 

Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center 

Hazard 

KY 

1,524 

4,459 

  1.  

3702 

Sanford USD Medical Center 

Sioux Falls 

SD 

2,095 

4,361 

  1.  

1681 

Baptist Health Louisville (FKA Baptist Hospital East) 

Louisville 

KY 

2,109 

4,084 

  1.  

2750 

St Peters Hospital 

Albany 

NY 

1,979 

3,864 

  1.  

2279 

Pascagoula Hospital (FKA Singing River Hospital) 

Pascagoula 

MS 

1,707 

3,783 

  1.  

519 

Loma Linda University Medical Center 

Loma Linda 

CA 

1,732 

3,740 

  1.  

1713 

Pikeville Medical Center 

Pikeville 

KY 

1,696 

3,550 

  1.  

1658 

Baptist Health Lexington (FKA Central Baptist Hospital) 

Lexington 

KY 

1,722 

3,479 

 

Fig. 2 Data from Definitive Healthcare’s ClaimsMx product. Data is from calendar year 2019. Commercial claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the United States. Data is updated month. Accessed June 2021. 

Hospital with the Most COPD Admissions Based on 2020 Commercial Diagnosis Claims 

Rank 

Definitive ID 

Hospital Name 

City 

State 

Total # of Patients w/ COPD 

Total # of Admissions for COPD 

  1.  

1678 

Norton Hospital 

Louisville 

KY 

4,725 

9,762 

  1.  

274318 

Norton Audubon Hospital 

Louisville 

KY 

2,580 

4,648 

  1.  

1713 

Pikeville Medical Center 

Pikeville 

KY 

1,783 

4,181 

  1.  

962 

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center (FKA Athens Regional Medical Center) 

Athens 

GA 

1,495 

3,629 

  1.  

3702 

Sanford USD Medical Center 

Sioux Falls 

SD 

1,770 

3,549 

  1.  

3577 

Temple University Hospital 

Philadelphia 

PA 

1,804 

3,404 

  1.  

519 

Loma Linda University Medical Center 

Loma Linda 

CA 

1,546 

3,293 

  1.  

1681 

Baptist Health Louisville (FKA Baptist Hospital East) 

Louisville 

KY 

1,692 

3,271 

  1.  

2750 

St Peters Hospital 

Albany 

NY 

1,835 

3,157 

  1.  

1310 

Baptist Health Floyd (FKA Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services) 

New Albany 

IN 

1,367 

2,866 

 

Fig. 3 Data from Definitive Healthcare’s ClaimsMx product. Data is from calendar year 2020. Commercial claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the United States. Data is updated month. Accessed June 2021. 

Medicare versus Commercial COPD Admission Rates 

In 2019, 3,120 hospitals treated about 237,000 Medicare patients with COPD while 5,581 hospitals treated nearly 525,000 COPD patients with commercial insurance. The overall readmission rate for hospitals based on Medicare data is 17.5%. 

Hospitals in the northeast were more likely to see higher admissions for Medicare patients with COPD, with two hospitals in Massachusetts, and hospitals in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and New York rounding out the top 10.  

When it comes to COPD admissions for commercial patients, hospitals in Kentucky top the list. In 2019, six out of the top 10 hospitals with the most admissions from COPD were in Kentucky. That number falls slightly to five out of the top 10 hospitals in 2020.  

COPD Admission Rates in 2019 versus 2020 

While Medicare data for the 2020 claim year is not available yet, commercial claims data for 2020 is. Since COVID-19 hit in 2020, we also thought it would be interesting to look at how the pandemic potentially impact COPD admissions. 

Overall, COPD admissions were down around 16% in 2020 compared to 2019 according to our commercial medical claims data. The number of COPD patients’ hospitals saw was also down by 13.5% in 2020. National lockdown restrictions and the risk of contracting COVID-19 likely kept more patients at home, resulting in the decline in admissions. 

Common Co-Morbidities Associated with COPD 

 

 

Fig. 4 Data from Definitive Healthcare’s HospitalView product. Data is sourced from CMS Medicare Standard Analytical Files. The most recent annual Medicare data is from calendar year 2019; 2020 data is scheduled to be released in fall 2021. Accessed June 2021. 

 

 

Fig. 5 Data from Definitive Healthcare’s ClaimsMx product. Data is from calendar year 2019. Commercial claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the United States. Data is updated month. Accessed June 2021. 

 

 

Fig 6. Data from Definitive Healthcare’s ClaimsMx product. Data is from calendar year 2020. Commercial claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the United States. Data is updated month. Accessed June 2021. 

Across both Medicare and commercial patients with COPD, the top three most common co-morbidities include hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and a history of nicotine dependence. Both hyperlipidemia and hypertension are two other chronic conditions that need management in addition to COPD.  

Nicotine dependence rounding out the top three co-morbidities makes sense as tobacco smoking is a contributing factor to the development and progression of COPD.  

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