45 hospitals with the lowest readmission rates

Even though a recent study found readmission rates are not an adequate indicator of a hospital's overall performance, hospitals in the U.S. are still prompted to reduce readmission rates or be penalized by Medicare under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

The national 30-day rate of readmissions after hospital discharge is 16, according to data from Hospital Compare. However, some hospitals have much lower readmission rates than the national average.

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Listed below are the 45 hospitals with 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates at or below 13.7. Data was pulled from CMS' Hospital Compare website, and the rates reflect data measured from July 2011 through June 2012.

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City) — 11.1

Hoag Orthopedic Institute (Irvine, Calif.) — 11.5

Oklahoma Surgical Hospital (Tulsa) — 11.7

Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center (Wichita) — 12.5

McBride Clinic Orthopedic Hospital (Oklahoma City) — 12.5

Oasis Hospital (Phoenix) — 12.6

GHS Patewood Memorial Hospital (Greenville, S.C.) — 12.6

Texas Orthopedic Hospital (Houston) — 12.6

New England Baptist Hospital (Boston) — 12.7

Arkansas Surgical Hospital (North Little Rock) — 12.9

The Orthopaedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network (Fort Wayne, Ind.) — 12.9

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (Monterey, Calif.) — 13.1

Texas Spine and Joint Hospital (Tyler, Texas) — 13.1

Providence Holy Family Hospitals (Spokane, Wash.) — 13.1

University of Colorado Health Memorial Hospital Central (Colorado Springs) — 13.2

USMD Hospital at Arlington (Texas) — 13.2

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare-Shea Medical Center — 13.3

Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital — 13.3

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center (Lewiston, Maine) — 13.3

St. Alexius Medical Center (Bismarck, N.D.) — 13.3

Williamsport (Pa.) Regional Medical Center — 13.3

Hill Country Memorial Hospital (Fredericksburg, Texas) — 13.3

Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (Franklin, Wis.) — 13.3

St. Francis-Downtown (Greenville, S.C.) — 13.4

McKay-Dee Hospital (Ogden, Utah) — 13.4

Northwest Hospital (Seattle, Wash.) — 13.4

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center (La Crosse, Wis.) — 13.4

Portneuf Medical Center (Pocatello, Idaho) — 13.5

Alpena (Mich.) Regional Medical Center — 13.5

Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan (Ludington, Mich.) — 13.5

Mother Frances Hospital (Tyler, Texas) — 13.5

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane, Wash.) — 13.5

Mercy Medical Center Redding (Calif.) — 13.6

Lakeview Memorial Hospital (Stillwater, Minn.) — 13.6

Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center (Lincoln, Neb.) — 13.6

Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital (Hendersonville, N.C.) — 13.6

Baptist St. Anthony's Hospital (Amarillo, Texas) — 13.6

Corpus Christi (Texas) Medical Center — 13.6

St. Edward Mercy Medical Center (Fort Smith, Ark.) — 13.7

St. Joseph Hospital (Eureka, Calif.) — 13.7

Centura Health-St. Mary Corwin Medical Center (Pueblo, Colo.) — 13.7

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (Idaho Falls) — 13.7

Alegent Creighton Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center (Omaha, Neb.) — 13.7

Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital (Omaha) — 13.7

Central Washington Hospital (Wenatchee) — 13.7

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