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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2004

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Patients with pneumonia who have blood cultures collected before antibiotics are administered

Measure Source

CMS Health Care Quality Improvement Program (HCQIP) Quality Indicator.


Data source does not support detailed tables.

Data Source

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program.


Medicare discharges meeting either of the following criteria:

  1. Principal diagnosis of pneumonia.
  2. Secondary diagnosis of pneumonia with a principal diagnosis of either septicemia or respiratory failure (acute or chronic).


Subset of the denominator population who had blood cultures performed prior to antibiotic administration.


Excludes patients who were transferred from another acute care or critical access hospital, patients who had no working diagnosis of pneumonia at the time of admission, patients who received comfort measures only, patients who had insufficient data to determine both blood culture and arrival timing data in their medical record.



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