Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia hospital is taking its ranking under consideration after a national magazine found it had one of the country's highest readmission rates for heart failure patients.
A spokeswoman for Pleasant Valley Hospital in Mason County also said the facility already uses readmission data in an effort to improve care.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Pleasant Valley sixth for its 31.6 percent readmission rate, tied with a New Jersey hospital.
The national average rate is 24.7 percent.
An official with the West Virginia Hospital Association says readmissions are sometimes unavoidable. Association spokesman Tony Gregory cited how heart disease and cancer are the state's leading causes of death. Age and smoking and obesity rates are also factors.
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