Hospital Performance Report - 2017 Data - News Release

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Harrisburg, PA - November 15, 2018 - A performance report of Pennsylvania hospitals shows significant statewide decreases in hospital mortality and readmission rates. Released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), the annual report, known as the Hospital Performance Report, includes hospital-specific mortality and readmission ratings as well as volume of cases and hospital charges for patients discharged from Pennsylvania’s general acute care hospitals between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 (federal fiscal year [FFY] 2017). Statewide and regional trends are also examined.

“This report shows statewide declines in mortality and readmission rates for a number of common treatment areas. Especially encouraging are the decreases in readmission rates for chronic conditions such as heart failure, COPD, and abnormal heartbeat,” said Joe Martin, PHC4’s Executive Director.

Comparing the FFY 2017 results with data from FFY 2012, the report shows significant decreases in statewide in-hospital mortality rates for nine of the 15 conditions for which mortality ratings are reported—findings that translate to an estimated 5,308 lives saved. Readmission rates fell in 12 of the 16 conditions for which readmission rates are reported, suggesting an estimated 4,685 readmissions avoided in these 12 treatment areas.

The nine conditions showing significant declines in hospital mortality are:

None of the conditions studied shows a statistically significant increase in mortality.

The 12 conditions with significant reductions in 30-day readmission rates are:

None of the conditions studied shows a statistically significant increase in the rate of readmission.

PHC4 publishes the Hospital Performance Report in three regional editions—Southeastern Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania, and Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Copies are free and available from PHC4’s website at

PHC4 is an independent state agency charged with collecting, analyzing and reporting information that can be used to improve the quality and restrain the cost of health care in Pennsylvania.