2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
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a Recommended hospital care for pneumonia includes collecting blood cultures before administering the first dose of antibiotics, administering the first dose of antibiotics within 6 hours of patient's arrival at the hospital, administering the recommended empirical antibiotic regimen consistent with current guidelines (excluding health care-associated patients), screening for influenza vaccine status and vaccinating prior to discharge for patients age 50 and over discharged during the winter, and screening for pneumococcal vaccine status and vaccinating prior to discharge for patients age 65 and over.
b The estimate for patients under age 65 does not include screening for pneumococcal vaccine status and vaccinating measure and only include patients ages 50–64 for the screening for influenza vaccine status and vaccinating measure.
Key: SE: standard error.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program.