Baltimore, MD – Several years ago, Maryland’s hospital readmission rates remained stubbornly higher than elsewhere around the nation. But in the last few years, increased efforts at Maryland hospitals to change that appear to be working.

The Maryland Hospital Association reported Thursday a nearly 12 percent drop in the state’s number of patient readmissions between 2011 and 2015. But even with those improvements, Maryland hospitals remain worse than the national average in the rate of readmissions — the percentage of total patients unexpectedly readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of being discharged.