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South Carolina

Respiratory Diseases Care Quality Measures and Metrics Compared to All States

State Performance Ratings

Rating Number of Measures for State in Summary Measure Number of Measures for All States in Summary Measure
Better than Average = The State rate on an NHQR measure is better than the all-State/regional average and is statistically different from the all-State/regional average. 5 189
Average = The State rate on an NHQR measure is not statistically different from the all-State/regional average. 2 168
Worse than Average = The State rate on an NHQR measure is worse than the all-State/regional average and is statistically different from the all-State/regional average. 6 244
N/A = An estimate or standard error was not available for a State measure or the relative standard error is greater than or equal to 30 percent. 0 62
Total number of measures for the State (excluding measures that are N/A) 13 601

Measures for which South Carolina's rate is Better than the all-State Average

Quality Dimension Short Measure Name State Performance1 Most Recent Data Year State Rate All-State Average2 Regional Average Baseline Year Average Annual Change3 Direction of Change Data Source4 Full NHQR Measure Title NHQR Table Number5
Respiratory Diseases Pneumonia - recommended hospital care received Better than Average 2008 92.4 90.4 90.9 2007 3.1% Improved QIO Percentage of hospital patients with pneumonia who received recommended hospital care 8_2_1.2
Respiratory Diseases Pneumonia - blood cultures before antibiotics in hospital Better than Average 2008 94.8 93.3 93.7 2005 3.9% Improved QIO Percentage of hospital patients with pneumonia who had blood cultures collected before antibiotics were administered 8_2_2.2
Respiratory Diseases Pneumonia - antibiotics within 6 hours in hospital Better than Average 2008 94.4 93.9 93.4 2007 0.2% Unchanged QIO Percentage of hospital patients with pneumonia who received the initial antibiotic dose within 6 hours of hospital arrival 8_2_3.2
Respiratory Diseases Pneumonia - flu vaccination screening in hospital Better than Average 2008 90.1 85.5 87.1 2005 14.1% Improved QIO Percentage of hospital patients age 50 and over with pneumonia discharged during October-February who received influenza screening or vaccination 8_2_5.2
Respiratory Diseases Pneumonia - pneumococcal vaccination screening in hospital Better than Average 2008 92.1 88.5 89.7 2005 10.4% Improved QIO Percentage of hospital patients age 65 and over with pneumonia who received pneumococcal screening or vaccination 8_2_6.2


1 State Performance is for the most recent data year compared to All States

2 These all-State averages are calculated consistently across all measures and differ slightly from those in the National Healthcare Quality Report. For more information, select the Methods page.

3 The sign on entries under the column "Average Annual Change" indicates whether the measure has risen or fallen since the baseline year. Because "+" or "-" can represent an improvement or a worsening depending on how the measure is constructed, the column "Direction of Change" helps the user know what the change means.

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Measures for which South Carolina's rate is similar to the all-State Average

Quality Dimension Short Measure Name State Performance6 Most Recent Data Year State Rate All-State Average7 Regional Average Baseline Year Average Annual Change8 Direction of Change Data Source9 Full NHQR Measure Title NHQR Table Number10
Respiratory Diseases Pneumonia vaccine ever - age 65 plus Average 2008 67.1 67.6 66.6 2001 1.6% Improved BRFSS Percentage of adults age 65 and over who ever received a pneumococcal vaccination 8_1_5.4
Respiratory Diseases Pneumonia - recommended initial antibiotics in hospital Average 2008 89.3 89.5 89.6 2005 3.8% Improved QIO Percentage of hospital patients with pneumonia who received the initial antibiotic consistent with current recommendations 8_2_4.2


6 State Performance is for the most recent data year compared to All States

7 These all-State averages are calculated consistently across all measures and differ slightly from those in the National Healthcare Quality Report. For more information, select the Methods page.

8 The sign on entries under the column "Average Annual Change" indicates whether the measure has risen or fallen since the baseline year. Because "+" or "-" can represent an improvement or a worsening depending on how the measure is constructed, the column "Direction of Change" helps the user know what the change means.

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Measures for which South Carolina's rate is Worse than the all-State Average

Quality Dimension Short Measure Name State Performance11 Most Recent Data Year State Rate All-State Average12 Regional Average Baseline Year Average Annual Change13 Direction of Change Data Source14 Full NHQR Measure Title NHQR Table Number15
Respiratory Diseases Flu vaccine - age 65 and over Worse than Average 2008 68.9 71.7 69.6 2001 0.3% Unchanged BRFSS Percentage of adults age 65 and over who received an influenza vaccination in the last 12 months 8_1_2.4
Respiratory Diseases Admissions for seniors - influenza Worse than Average 2007 21.7 16.6 16.2 2000 -13.6% Improved HCUP Immunization-preventable influenza admissions ages 65 and over (excluding transfers from other institutions) per 100,000 population 8_1_3.3
Respiratory Diseases Pneumonia deaths in hospital Worse than Average 2007 48.6 41.3 39.9 2000 -8.0% Improved HCUP Deaths per 1,000 adult admissions with pneumonia as principal diagnosis (excluding obstetric admissions and transfers to another hospital) 8_2_7.3
Respiratory Diseases Pediatric admissions - asthma Worse than Average 2007 174 118.7 139.9 2000 -1.1% Improved HCUP Pediatric asthma admissions ages 2-17 (excluding patients with cystic fibrosis or anomalies of the respiratory system and transfers from other institutions) per 100,000 population 8_3_2.7
Respiratory Diseases Admissions for seniors - asthma Worse than Average 2007 232.9 199.9 227.2 2000 3.5% Worsened HCUP Adult asthma admissions age 65 and over (excluding patients with cystic fibrosis or anomalies of the respiratory system, obstetric admissions and transfers from other institutions) per 100,000 population 8_3_2.8
Respiratory Diseases Adult admissions - asthma Worse than Average 2007 121.6 103.3 120.6 2000 -0.2% Unchanged HCUP Adult asthma admissions (excluding patients with cystic fibrosis or anomalies of the respiratory system, obstetric admissions, and transfers from other institutions) per 100,000 population 8_3_2.9


11 State Performance is for the most recent data year compared to All States

12 These all-State averages are calculated consistently across all measures and differ slightly from those in the National Healthcare Quality Report. For more information, select the Methods page.

13 The sign on entries under the column "Average Annual Change" indicates whether the measure has risen or fallen since the baseline year. Because "+" or "-" can represent an improvement or a worsening depending on how the measure is constructed, the column "Direction of Change" helps the user know what the change means.

14 Additional information about data sources/acronyms.

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