Two metrics show up repeatedly throughout Marketscape - % Readmitted and % Hospitalized. (readmissions and hospitalizations.) Each of these metrics is a strong indicator of the performance of a hospital or post-acute care provider.
The reference period for hospitalization and readmission is described in the table header wherever the metric appears. A patient can be admitted to a hospital at any time and there are important reference events or periods that are important to keep in mind:
- Was the patient admitted to a hospital within 30 days of discharge from an inpatient facility? If so, that is a readmission and would tally against the organization readmission metric.
- Was the patient receiving post-acute care at the time they were admitted? If so, that readmission or hospitalization would be counted in the metric for the selected post-acute facility.
- Was the patient admitted to a hospital during their post=acute stay or within 30 days of discharge from post-acute care? If so, this event is counted in the hospitalization metric whether there was a prior inpatient stay within 30 days or not.
A readmission is a care event where a patient is admitted to any inpatient stay within 30 days of being discharged from an inpatient stay. Like this: INP D/C INP (RE)Admission within 30 days.
The Trella Health Readmission Rate is a percentage measurement of readmissions for a select population. This rate can be calculated for either hospitals or post-acute agencies.
You will find Readmission Rates under a lot of names: 30 Day Readmission Rate, Trended Readmit Rate, Readmit Rate, Readmit, % Readmitted: 30 days, or Readmit OR Hospitalization +30 Rate.
For more information, see Readmission Rates.
Although this definition is sometimes adapted to match which facility in the definition is the focus of the metric, the basic definition for % Hospitalized: + 30 days is: The agency’s two year overall rate of hospitalization (where this agency’s patients were admitted to a short-term acute stay during a home health services episode (includes transfers) OR within 30 days of Home Health discharge).
It is a good idea to view the column definitions in the header of each column to identify the specific focus of the hospitalization metric.
Remember that this metric counts all hospitalizations; the absence or presence of a prior inpatient stay and inpatient discharge has no bearing on this metric.