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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Among children under age 18 who had appointments reported for an illness or injury in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

National Table

3.6a Children under age 18 who had appointments for an illness or injury in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted, United States, 2002.

3.6b Children under age 18 who had appointments for an illness or injury in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted, United States, 2001

National Data Source

AHRQ, MEPS.

National Denominator

Children under age 18 who had an illness or injury that needed care right away from a doctor's office, clinic, or emergency room in the past 12 months, with a valid answer to the question of "In the last 12 months, when (the person) needed care right away for an illness or injury, how often did [person] get care as soon as you wanted?" Nonresponses and "Don't know" responses were excluded.

National Numerator

Subset of the denominator population in 3 categories according to their answer to the above question: "Always," "Usually," "Sometimes," or "Never."

State Tables

3.6c Children under age 18 who can always get care for illness/injury as soon as they wanted, Medicaid, by State, 2004.

State Data Source

AHRQ, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, National CAHPS® Benchmarking Database.

State Denominator

Children with Medicaid benefits who had an illness or injury that needed immediate attention in the past 12 months.

State Numerator

Subset of the denominator with an answer of "Always" to the question "In the last 12 months, when you needed care right away for an illness or injury, how often did you get care as soon as you wanted?"

Comments

The national table reports data from the MEPS Child Health section. See the MEPS entry in the Data Source section of this appendix for more information.

Emergency Department visits: Percent ED visits where patient was admitted to the hospital or transferred to other facility whose ED visit was greater than or equal to 6 hours. Among adults age 18 and over who reported making an appointment for an illness or injury in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted.

 

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