PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — New data from the federal Medicare program show that four hospitals in Rhode Island have readmission rates labeled "worse" than the national average.

An analysis by Kaiser Health News of the data from July 2011 to June 2012 shows Rhode Island is among six states where more than a fifth of hospitals had higher readmission rates than the national average of 16 percent.

The four hospitals with higher-than-average rates were Rhode Island, Miriam, Kent and Our Lady of Fatima. Other hospitals in the state have rates deemed "no different than the national average."

Officials at the four hospitals told The Providence Journal ( ) that they already have extensive efforts to prevent readmissions, and the rates are improving.

Our Lady of Fatima says readmissions dropped 50 percent over the past year.

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