If a high percentage of patients are unexpectedly readmitted to a hospital or other inpatient facility within 30 days of initially receiving care for an acute condition, hospitals may face financial penalties. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) uses preventable readmission penalties as part of the value-based care system, encouraging providers to address patient wellness overall rather than treating symptoms individually.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term that encompasses a range of progressive lung diseases, and includes asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. The most common causes of COPD are smoking tobacco and second-hand smoke inhalation, though genetic factors also play a role in COPD development, and the majority of patients are diagnosed around age 40.
Below, we've compiled lists of the 10 states with the highest and lowest COPD readmission rates.
10 States with the highest COPD readmission rates
Avg COPD Readmission Rate
Fig 1 Data from Definitive Healthcare's Hospitals and IDNs platform. Quality performance intelligence is from the most recent Quality Metrics Update (April 2019).
Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York reported the highest COPD readmission rates of all 50 states. All three states include major metropolitan areas, potentially indicating regional air quality as a factor in increased COPD readmission rates.
10 States with the lowest COPD readmission rates
COPD Readmission Rate
Fig 2 Data from Definitive Healthcare's Hospitals and IDNs platform. Quality performance intelligence is from the most recent Quality Metrics Update (April 2019).
Conversely to the states with the highest COPD readmission rates, the three states with the lowest COPD readmission rates have relatively small populations and are not near major metropolitan areas. With fewer people and better air quality, patients could face lower odds of 30-day readmission to a care facility.
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