What Are We Measuring?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term for a large group of lung diseases that can block air flow in the lungs and cause breathing problems. Two common conditions of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services evaluates 30-day mortality and readmission rates for COPD patients:

  • 30-Day Mortality Rate: The percentage of COPD patients who died within 30 days of admission to the hospital
  • 30-Day Readmission Rate: The percentage of COPD patients who were discharged from the hospital and were readmitted to any hospital for any reason in the next 30 days

How We Are Performing?

COPD 30-Day Mortality Rate

Lower scores are better

The following chart shows the COPD 30-Day Mortality Rate from July 2016 to June 2019. 6.2% is the Mass General rate. 8.4% is the national rate. The star symbol indicates that performance is statistically better than the benchmark.

Data Source: CMS Hospital Compare
Data Period: July 2016 - June 2019

   ★ Performance is statistically better than the benchmark
= Performance is statistically similar to the benchmark
   ▼ Performance is statistically worse than the benchmark

COPD 30-Day Readmission Rate

Lower scores are better

The following chart shows the COPD 30-Day Readmission Rate from July 2016 to June 2019. 17.9% is the Mass General rate. 19.6% is the national rate. The equal symbol indicates that performance is statistically similar to the benchmark.

Data Source: Hospital Compare
Data Period: July 2016 - June 2019

   ★ Performance is statistically better than the benchmark
= Performance is statistically similar to the benchmark
   ▼ Performance is statistically worse than the benchmark