CHF; no recent improvements in prognosis or readmissions

By  |  December 8, 2008 | 

In this large retrospective cohort of over 2.5 million medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for CHF, researchers determined that neither mortality nor readmission rates have significantly changed over the course of 5 years (2001-2005) (abstract). Unadjusted all-cause mortality was about 11% at 1 month, 26% at 6 months, and 37% at 1 year, and readmission rates were about 23% at 1 month, 54% at 6 months, and 67% at 1 year. For medicare patients, it is astounding that within 1 month of heart failure hospitalization, 1 in 10 will die and 1 in 5 will be readmitted, and that despite our best efforts, these trends have not changed in the last 5 years.

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About the Author: Danielle Scheurer

Danielle Scheurer
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.


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