How UTSW Measures Outcomes – Hospital Readmissions

The number of patients who require readmission within 30 days of a previous hospitalization is considered an important patient outcome when evaluating a hospital system.

Why Is This Important?

Sometimes patients are readmitted to the hospital because of a change in their condition due to illness. However, other readmissions are due to incomplete treatment during the initial hospitalization or inadequate follow-up after hospitalization. Typically, readmissions are reported as the number of readmissions per 100 patient discharges for a condition. The readmission rate is shown as a percentage.

Readmission Rates for Select Conditions
(Hospital Compare Data)

A lower number is better with this measure.

What Does This Graph Show?

These graphs illustrate the readmission rates recorded at UTSW hospitals for heart attack, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia, compared to the national average. Although UTSW rates are not significantly different than the U.S. average, UTSW does score consistently below the national average for these conditions.