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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

RankHospital nameLocationNumber of staffed bedsAll cause hospital-wide readmission rateExplore dataset
1Hospital for Special SurgeryNew York, NY2059.9%Explore
2Kootenai Health (AKA Kootenai Hospital)Coeur d'Alene, ID32911.8%Explore
3Kansas Surgery & Recovery CenterWichita, KS3211.9%Explore
4Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare La CrosseLa Crosse, WI10711.9%Explore
5OASIS Hospital (AKA Orthopedic and Spine Inpatient Surgical Hospital)Phoenix, AZ6411.9%Explore
6W G Bill Hefner VA Medical Center (AKA Salisbury VA Medical Center)Salisbury, NC15911.9%Explore
7Lancaster General HospitalLancaster, PA62012.1%Explore
8New England Baptist HospitalBoston, MA7512.1%Explore
9Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital (AKA OrthoIndy Hospital Main)Indianapolis, IN3812.2%Explore
10Arkansas Surgical HospitalNorth Little Rock, AR4712.4%Explore
11Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center HospitalFairlawn, OH5912.4%Explore
12McBride Clinic Orthopedic Hospital LLCOklahoma City, OK6812.4%Explore
13Physicians Care Surgical HospitalRoyersford, PA1212.5%Explore
14Salem HospitalSalem, OR45312.5%Explore
15Texas Orthopedic HospitalHouston, TX4912.5%Explore
16Covenant Medical CenterLubbock, TX37912.6%Explore
17Providence Sacred Heart Medical CenterSpokane, WA60912.6%Explore
18Providence Santa Rosa Memorial HospitalSanta Rosa, CA26112.6%Explore
19Arizona Spine & Joint HospitalMesa, AZ2312.7%Explore
20Carilion Roanoke Memorial HospitalRoanoke, VA62112.7%Explore
21McKay-Dee HospitalOgden, UT23612.7%Explore
22Sanford Medical Center Bismarck (FKA Medcenter One)Bismarck, ND22212.7%Explore
23UM Shore Medical Center at Easton (FKA Memorial Hospital at Easton)Easton, MD4812.7%Explore
24Westerly HospitalWesterly, RI7712.7%Explore

Fig. 1. Data is from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product and the most recent 12-month interval tracked in our database. Accessed February 2023.

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:

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