25. Port St. Lucie, Florida > 30-day hospital readmission rate: 17.6% (national rate: 15.3%) > Mortality within 30 days of hospitalization: 12.1% (national rate: 12.4%) > Preventable hospitalizations: 55 per 1,000 Medicare enrollees (national rate: 45 per 1,000) > No. of primary care physicians: 48 per 100,000 residents (national rate: 75 per 100,000) > Median household income: $62,608 (national median: $65,712)
In Port St. Lucie, Florida, 17.6% of Medicare enrollees are hospitalized again within 30 days of their discharge, the largest share of any other metro area in the country. High 30-day readmission rates can sometimes be indicative of lower quality care in area hospitals.
The area’s poor performance in measures of quality of care may be partially due to an overreliance on hospitals as a primary treatment option. There are about 55 hospitalizations for conditions that should have been treated in an outpatient setting for every 1,000 Medicare enrollees in Port St. Lucie, a higher preventable hospitalization rate than in the vast majority of U.S. metro areas and well above the national rate of 45 preventable hospitalizations per 1,000.