What is it?
Readmission to the hospital following elective hip or knee replacement surgery. Readmission may occurs for a variety of reasons. While some patients are more likely to have a complication than others, some readmissions may be preventable. Patients may return to a hospital because of infection, procedure complications such as hip dislocation, a blood clot in the lung or ineffective pain management.
How's it measured?
Measured as a percent of readmissions within 30 days for adult inpatient discharges for acute hip/knee replacement.