Infographic: Connecticut Hospital Readmissions

At the Connecticut Health Foundation, we think of hospital readmissions as a “canary in the coal mine” health care quality measure because unexpectedly needing to return to the hospital after a discharge signals a range of connected problems that tell us the system is not working optimally:

  • Pain and suffering in the lives of patients
  • Higher impact in vulnerable groups (e.g., people of color, people with disabilities)
  • Costs to consumers and payers
  • Missed prevention opportunities spanning the health care system and communities

This infographic provides an overview of why readmissions are a problem in Connecticut, including as a health equity issue, and some promising solutions to pursue in order to lower unplanned readmissions.

Connecticut Health Readmissions Infographic


Millicent Cripe, policy and communications intern, Connecticut Health Foundation

Lorenz Finison, PhD, Sigma Works

Elizabeth Krause, VP of policy and communications, Connecticut Health Foundation

References and Resources

A special thank you to Shih-Yieh Ho, PhD of Qualidigm for running the Connecticut Medicare data analysis in the infographic

Aseltine, R.H., Yan, J., Fleischman, S., Katz, M., DeFrancesco, M. (2015). Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Readmissions After Delivery.  Obstetrics and Gynecology, 126 (5), 1040-1047.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries