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Mortality & Readmission Rates

30-day Mortality Rate

What are we measuring?

For heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia patients admitted to BIDMC we are measuring the percentage of patients who died within 30 days of being admitted. Patients may have died while in the hospital or after they were discharged from BIDMC. The cause of patient death may have been related to the original admission diagnosis or any other condition.

What is our most recent performance and trend?

30-Day Readmission Rate

What are we measuring?

For heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia patients admitted to BIDMC we are measuring the percentage of patients who are re-admitted to a hospital within 30 days of being admitted. The re-admission may have been planned as part of follow-up care, or unplanned at the time of hospital discharge. Unplanned readmissions may be due to a condition related to the original admission diagnosis or due to any other condition. Re-admission to the hospital may or may not have been avoidable by measures taken before the patient was discharged from the hospital.

What is our most recent performance and trend?

What are we doing to improve our performance?

Readmissions may reflect a breakdown in coordination of care after a patient leaves the hospital. To improve care coordination after discharge, BIDMC has initiated a workgroup called the Cross Continuum Care Coordination Team to identify new approaches to ensuring effective transitions and follow-up after our patients leave the hospital. Our Team includes patients, family members, and representatives from primary care practices, VNA and home care agencies, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, elder services, payers, and community service organizations. The Team meets monthly to share best practices, review improvement opportunities, and develop more effective care transition processes.

Two pilot programs are now underway utilizing the approaches identified by the Cross Continuum Care Coordination Team. 

  • In BIDMC's largest primary care practice, Health Care Associates, HCA nurses meet with patients during their hospitalization and coordinate the patient's care for 30 days after the patient is leaves the hospital. A Pharmacist is also available to address complex medication issues, and a Care Transitions Coach provides additional support to help patients successfully follow discharge instructions and embrace actions to promote health.
  • For our cardiology patients, we have established "Heartline" a telephone number provided to all patients discharged from our Cardiology service, in case they have questions or concerns about their condition, the onset of any symptoms, or recommended discharge instructions and follow-up care. 

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Last updated: August 2016