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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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List of Core Report Measures

Measure Measure number 2006 Year of most recent data National average National data base State data base
Screening for colorectal cancer:
Composite measure: Percent of men and women age 50 and over who report having ever received a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or proctoscopy, or a fecal occult blood test in the past 2 years 1.5 2003 51.7 NHIS BRFSS
Rate of colorectal cancer incidence per 100,000 men and women age 50 and over diagnosed at advanced stage (tumors diagnosed at regional or distant stage) 1.8 2003 85.3 SEER NPCR
Cancer treatment:
Cancer deaths per 100,000 persons per year for most common cancers: colorectal cancer 1.13 2003 19.1 NVSS-M NVSS-M
Management of diabetes:
Composite measure: Percent of adults age 40 and over with diabetes who had all three exams in last year: hemoglobin A1c test, a retinal eye examination, and a foot examination 1.16 2003 47.8 MEPS BRFSS
Hospital admissions for lower extremity amputations in patients with diabetes per 1,000 population 1.28 2002-2004 4.4 NHDS HCUP SID
Management of end stage renal disease:
Percent of dialysis patients registered on the waiting list for transplantation 1.29 2003 16.8 USRDS USRDS
Percent of hemodialysis patients with urea reduction ratio 65% or higher 1.31 2004 87 ESRD Clinical Performance Measures Project U.Michigan
Counseling on risk factors:
Percent of smokers receiving advice to quit smoking 1.37 2003 66.14 MEPS BRFSS
Percent of obese adults age 18 and older who were given advice about exercise 1.59 2003 58.2 MEPS n.a.
Treatment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI):
Composite measure: Percent of recommended hospital care received by heart attack patients 1.38 2004 85.56 QIO QIO+HC
Treatment of acute heart failure:
Composite measure: Percent of recommended hospital care received by heart failure patients 1.47 2004 77.66 QIO QIO+HC
Heart disease treatment:
Deaths per 1,000 adult admissions with acute myocardial infarction 1.56 2003 86.88 HCUP NIS n.a.
AIDS prevention:
New AIDS cases per 100,000 population 13 and over 1.61 2004 17.1 CDC-AIDS n.a.
Maternity care:
Percent of pregnant women receiving prenatal care in first trimester 1.65 2003 84.1 NVSS-N NVSS-N
Infant mortality per 1,000 live births, birthweight <1,500 grams 1.67 2003 252 NVSS-I NVSS-I
Immunization, childhood:
Percent of children 19-35 months who received all recommended vaccines 1.69 2004 80.9 NIS NIS
Immunization, adolescent:
Percent of adolescents age 13-15 reported to have received 3 or more doses of hepatitis B vaccine 1.70 2003 80.5 NHIS n.a.
Treatment of pediatric gastroenteritis:
Hospital admissions for pediatric gastroenteritis per 100,000 population less than 18 years of age 1.75 2003 90.82 HCUP NIS HCUP SID
Childhood preventive care
Percent of children age 2-17 for whom a doctor or other health provider gave advice about healthy eating 1.78 2003 51.60 MEPS n.a.
Percent of children age 3-6 whose vision was checked by a doctor or other health provider 1.79 2003 60.70 MEPS n.a.
Treatment of depression:
Deaths due to suicide per 100,000 population 1.87 2003 10.8 NVSS-M NVSS-M
Percent of adults age 18 and over with past year major depressive episode who received treatment for the depression in the past year 1.88 2004 65.1 SAMHSA n.a.
Treatment of substance abuse:
Percent of persons age 12 or older who needed treatment for any illicit drug use and who received such treatment at a specialty facility in the past year 1.90 2004 17.7 SAMHSA n.a.
Percent of persons age 12 or older who received substance abuse treatment who completed treatment course 1.91 2003 43.9 TEDS n.a.
Immunization, pneumonia:
Percent of persons age 65 and over who ever received a pneumococcal vaccination 1.96 2004 57 NHIS BRFSS
Treatment of pneumonia:
Composite measure: Percent of recommended hospital care received by pneumonia patients 1.97 2004 64.37 QIO QIO
Treatment of upper respiratory infection (URI):
Visit rates where antibiotics were prescribed for a diagnosis of common cold per 10,000 population 1.104 2003-2004 142.4 NAMCS-NHAMCS n.a.
Management of asthma:
Hospital admissions for pediatric asthma per 100,000 population (under age 18) 1.106 2003 216.92 HCUP NIS HCUP SID
Treatment of TB:
Percent of patients who complete a curative course of TB treatment within 12 months of initiation of treatment 1.109 2002 80.9 CDC-TB n.a.
Nursing facility care:
Percent of residents who were physically restrained 1.112 2004 7.25 CMS MDS CMS MDS
Percent of high-risk residents who have pressure sores 1.117 2004 13.48 CMS MDS CMS MDS
Percent of short-stay residents with pressure sores 1.123 2004 21.16 CMS MDS CMS MDS
Home health care:
Percent of home health care patients who get better at walking or moving around 1.128 2004 37.23 CMS OASIS CMS OASIS
Percent of home health care patients who had to be admitted to the hospital 1.132 2004 27.9 CMS OASIS CMS OASIS
Postoperative complications
Composite measure: Percent of surgical patients with postoperative pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and venous thromboembolic event 2.1 2004 6.26 MPSMS n.a.
Composite measure: Appropriate timing of antibiotics received by adult Medicare patients having surgery (percent) 2.5 2004 57.7 QIO QIO + HC
Composite measure: Percent of central venous catheter placements with complications 2.18 2004 2.95 MPSMS n.a.
Complications of medication:
Percent of community dwelling elderly who had at least 1 prescription (from a list of 11 medications and from a list of 33 medications) potentially inappropriate for the elderly 2.41 2003 18.7 MEPS n.a.
Getting appointments for care :
Percent of adults age 18 and over who reported sometimes or never getting care for illness or injury as soon as wanted 3.5 2003 14.3 MEPS NCBD
Waiting time: Percent of emergency department (ED) visits in which the patient left before being seen 3.8 2003-2004 1.8 NAMCS-NHAMCS n.a.
Patient experience of care:
Composite measure: Percent of adults whose health providers sometimes or never listened carefully, explained things, showed respect, and spent enough time with them 4.1 2003 9.8 MEPS NCBD
Composite measure: Percent of children whose health providers sometimes or never listened carefully, explained things, showed respect, and spent enough time with them 4.2 2003 6.1 MEPS NCBD

Key to databases:
BRFSS = Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
CDC TB = Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Tuberculosis Surveillance System
CDC AIDS = Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS Surveillance System
CMS MDS = Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Minimum Data Set
CMS OASIS = Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Outcome and Assessment Information Set
HCUP NIS = Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample
HCUP SID = Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Databases
ESRD = End Stage Renal Disease
MEPS = Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
MPSMS = Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System
NAMCS-NHAMCS = National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey-National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
NCBD = National CAHPS® Benchmarking Database
NHIS = National Health Interview Survey
NHDS = National Hospital Discharge Survey
NIS = National Immunization Survey
NNIS = National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance
NPCR = National Program of Cancer Registries
NTBSS = National TB Surveillance System
NVSS-I = National Vital Statistics System—Linked Birth and Infant Death Data
NVSS-M = National Vital Statistics System, Mortality
NVSS-N = National Vital Statistics System, Natality
QIO = Quality Improvement Organization program
QIO+HC = Quality Improvement Organization program + Hospital Compare
SAMSHA = Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SEER = Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program
TEDS = Treatment Episode Data Set
USRDS = United States Renal Data System
U.Michigan = University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center
n.a. = Not applicable

AHRQ Publication No. 07-0013
Current as of December 2006


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