Key PointsQuestionAfter adjusting for hospital characteristics, is there a difference in surgical readmission rates between safety-net and non–safety-net hospitals? FindingsThis study of 1 252 505 patients with surgical admissions linked data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s 2011-2014 State Inpatient Databases for 4 geographically varied states with data from the 2014 American Hospital Association annual survey; hospital risk-standardized readmission rates were calculated. After controlling for hospital characteristics and patient factors, safety-net hospitals had slightly higher readmission rates after surgery. MeaningSurgical patients appear to have experienced higher readmission rates at safety-net hospitals.
JAMA Surgery – American Medical Association
Published: May 16, 2019