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Massachusetts

Strongest and Weakest Measures


Massachusetts's Strongest Measures

Strongest Measures are those in which the State performed above the all-State average and are strongest among their measures relative to all reporting States. This State may be leading the way in quality in these measures.

Note: The best result for each measure can be either the highest or lowest value. The direction representing best is noted in the "Best" column.

Measure Short Name Measure Long Name Best
Mammograms Percentage of women age 40 and over who received a mammogram in the last 2 years Highest
Children receiving Hib vaccine Percentage of children ages 19-35 months who received 3 or more doses of Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine Highest
Children receiving varicella vaccine Percentage of children ages 19-35 months who received 1 or more dose of varicella vaccine Highest
Children receiving polio vaccine Percentage of children ages 19-35 months who received 3 or more doses of polio vaccine Highest
Blood cholesterol testing Percentage of adults who had their blood cholesterol checked within the preceding 5 years Highest
Children fully vaccinated Percentage of children ages 19-35 months who received all recommended vaccines (4:3:1:3:3) Highest
Pediatric admissions - diabetes, short-term complications Pediatric admissions ages 6-17 for diabetes with short-term complications (excluding transfers from other institutions) per 100,000 population Lowest


Massachusetts's Weakest Measures

Weakest Measures are those in which the State performed below the all-State average and are weakest among their measures relative to all reporting States. These measures highlight some of the opportunities for improvement.

Note: The best result for each measure can be either the highest or lowest value. The direction representing best is noted in the "Best" column.

Measure Short Name Measure Long Name Best
Heart attack - ACEI or ARB at discharge Percentage of hospital patients with heart attack and left ventricular systolic dysfunction who were prescribed ACE inhibitor or ARB at discharge Highest
Heart failure - ACEI/ARB at discharge Percentage of hospital patients with heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction who were prescribed ACE inhibitor or ARB at discharge Highest
Nursing home long-stay residents - with declining mobility Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents whose ability to move about in and around their room declined Lowest
Iatrogenic pneumothorax per 1,000 discharges Iatrogenic pneumothorax per 1,000 adult discharges (excluding obstetrical admissions and patients with chest trauma, thoracic surgery, lung or pleural biopsy, or cardiac surgery) Lowest
Nursing home long-stay residents - low-risk with less control of bowels or bladder Percentage of low-risk long-stay nursing home residents who lose control of their bowels or bladder Lowest
Admissions for seniors - asthma 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 Lowest

States' specific performances on each of these measures are available in the All-State Data Table for All Measures.