Top U.S. hospitals by readmission scores
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital readmission reduction program (HRRP) incentivizes facilities to avoid additional patient hospitalizations by reducing reimbursements for hospitals with excessive preventable readmissions.
The Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product tracks hospital readmission rates and scores for nearly 4,300 U.S. hospitals. The table below features the hospitals with the lowest, or best performing, readmission rate scores. Results in this analysis are according to the most recent 12-month interval tracked in our database.
Hospitals with best Medicare readmission rate scores
|Rank||Hospital name||Location||Number of staffed beds||All cause hospital-wide readmission rate||Explore dataset|
|1||Hospital for Special Surgery||New York, NY||205||9.9%||Explore|
|2||Kootenai Health (AKA Kootenai Hospital)||Coeur d'Alene, ID||329||11.8%||Explore|
|3||Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center||Wichita, KS||32||11.9%||Explore|
|4||Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare La Crosse||La Crosse, WI||107||11.9%||Explore|
|5||OASIS Hospital (AKA Orthopedic and Spine Inpatient Surgical Hospital)||Phoenix, AZ||64||11.9%||Explore|
|6||W G Bill Hefner VA Medical Center (AKA Salisbury VA Medical Center)||Salisbury, NC||159||11.9%||Explore|
|7||Lancaster General Hospital||Lancaster, PA||620||12.1%||Explore|
|8||New England Baptist Hospital||Boston, MA||75||12.1%||Explore|
|9||Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital (AKA OrthoIndy Hospital Main)||Indianapolis, IN||38||12.2%||Explore|
|10||Arkansas Surgical Hospital||North Little Rock, AR||47||12.4%||Explore|
|11||Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center Hospital||Fairlawn, OH||59||12.4%||Explore|
|12||McBride Clinic Orthopedic Hospital LLC||Oklahoma City, OK||68||12.4%||Explore|
|13||Physicians Care Surgical Hospital||Royersford, PA||12||12.5%||Explore|
|14||Salem Hospital||Salem, OR||453||12.5%||Explore|
|15||Texas Orthopedic Hospital||Houston, TX||49||12.5%||Explore|
|16||Covenant Medical Center||Lubbock, TX||379||12.6%||Explore|
|17||Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center||Spokane, WA||609||12.6%||Explore|
|18||Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital||Santa Rosa, CA||261||12.6%||Explore|
|19||Arizona Spine & Joint Hospital||Mesa, AZ||23||12.7%||Explore|
|20||Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital||Roanoke, VA||621||12.7%||Explore|
|21||McKay-Dee Hospital||Ogden, UT||236||12.7%||Explore|
|22||Sanford Medical Center Bismarck (FKA Medcenter One)||Bismarck, ND||222||12.7%||Explore|
|23||UM Shore Medical Center at Easton (FKA Memorial Hospital at Easton)||Easton, MD||48||12.7%||Explore|
|24||Westerly Hospital||Westerly, RI||77||12.7%||Explore|
Which hospitals have the lowest readmission scores?
The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City has the lowest readmission score at 9.9%, followed by Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with a 11.8% readmission rate.
There are 24 hospitals that have hospital-wide readmission rate scores at 12.7% or lower. These hospitals are dispersed across 21 states. The states of Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Texas each have two hospitals on the list.
The average readmission rate for the hospitals on the list is 12.3%, compared to the national average readmission rate of 15.0%.
How do hospitals reduce hospital readmission rates?
Numerous external factors affect a hospital’s readmission rate, including the health of the patient population and the severity of conditions during their hospital stay.
Improving communication between healthcare providers, facilitating care coordination and patient discharge planning, and even technology solutions such as remote patient monitoring are additional methods healthcare systems implement to avoid hospital readmissions.
What conditions are tracked for readmissions?
CMS monitors 30-day readmissions for the following list of conditions and procedures:
- Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or heart attack
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Heart failure
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
- Total hip arthroplasty and/or total knee arthroplasty
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