Hospital Readmissions: Not Just a Problem for Medicare.  Many hospitals are working hard at lowering readmissions among Medicare patients. But another patient group - adults covered by Medicaid - have readmission rates that are just as high, or even higher, than Medicare patients, 2012 data from AHRQ show. This grahic compares 30-day readmission rates for Medicare and Medicaid patients for acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and hip and knee replacement.
Bar graph shows percentage of patients readmitted within 30 days for Medicare and Medicaid for each condition, as follows:
Acute myocardial infarction: Medicaid, 17.8%, Medicare 18.4%.
Congestive heart failure: Medicaid, 29.4%, Medicare 24.4%.
Pneumonia: Medicaid, 13.9%, Medicare 18.1%.
Hip replacement: Medicaid, 9.0%, Medicare 8.9%.
Knee Arthroplasty: Medicaid, 7.5%, Medicare 5.2%.
Source: AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), State Inpatient Databases (SID), 2012. http://hcupnet.ahrq.gov.