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Lower 30-day mortality risk, higher readmission rates for acute MI, HF across VA hospitals

February 11, 2016

Older men hospitalized at U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals had lower rates of 30-day mortality for acute MI and heart failure, but higher rates of 30-day readmissions for acute MI, HF and pneumonia compared with those hospitalized at non-Veterans Affairs hospitals, researchers reported in JAMA.

Sudhakar V. Nuti, of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional analysis of male Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 65 years or older who were hospitalized for acute MI, HF or pneumonia between 2010 and 2013 at VA and non-VA acute care hospitals. The researchers evaluated patient outcomes for 104 VA and 1,513 non-VA hospitals, with at least 7,900 patients in each condition-outcome analysis cohort.

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