Death from any cause within 30 days of hospitalization for heart failure
Heart failure (HF) is a progressive, chronic illness that can reduce life expectancy. While some patients have higher risks of dying from HF than others, and some patients die from causes unrelated to HF which brought them to the hospital, some complications of HF leading to death within 30 days may be preventable. A lower rate of death from HF may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
About this measure
Mortality rate is a measure of the number of people who die within a period of time. The HF mortality rate below is the percent of patients with HF who died within 30 days of admission to the hospital.
These percentages were calculated from Medicare data on patients discharged between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2012. They don't include people in Medicare Advantage Plans (like an HMO or PPO) or people who don’t have Medicare.
Note: Northwestern Memorial Hospital has a death rate for heart failure patients that is statistically better than the national rate.
In this case, a lower number is better.