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Table 1.97a
Percent of pneumonia patients who received recommended hospital care,a Medicare beneficiaries, United States, 2002 and 2004
    2004 2002
Population group Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 64.4 0.2 54.3 0.2
Gender Male 65.4 0.3 DNA DNA
Female 64.0 0.3 DNA DNA
Race White 65.6 0.2 55.1 0.2
Black 58.2 0.7 47.6 0.7
Hispanic 54.5 1.3 45.3 1.2
Native American 62.8 1.6 54.7 1.5
Asian 61.1 1.8 56.1 1.7
Age Under 65 0.0 0.0 DNA DNA
65-74 64.2 0.4 DNA DNA
75-84 64.7 0.3 DNA DNA
85 and over 63.6 0.4 DNA DNA

a Recommended hospital care for pneumonia includes having blood cultures collected before the administration of the first antibiotics dose, receiving the first dose of antibiotic within 4 hours of arrival at the hospital, receiving the recommended empirical antibiotic regimen that is consistent with current guidelines, screening for influenza vaccine statuses and vaccinating prior to discharge for patients age 50 and over discharged during the winter, and screening for pneumococcal vaccine statuses and vaccinating prior to discharge for patients age 65 and over.

DNA - Data have not been analyzed.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program.

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