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North Carolina

Strongest and Weakest Measures


North Carolina'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
Inpatient surgery - antibiotics within 1 hour Percentage of adult surgery patients who received prophylactic antibiotics within 1 hour prior to surgical incision Highest
Heart attack - PCI in 90 minutes Percentage of hospital patients with heart attack who received percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within 90 minutes of arrival Highest
Hospice care - appropriate medication for pain management Percentage of hospice patients who received the right amount of medicine for pain management Highest
Pap tests Percentage of women age 18 and over who received a Pap smear within the last 3 years Highest
Always got routine appointments - adults on Medicare managed care Percentage of adults who had an appointment for routine health care in the last 12 months who always got appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, Medicare managed care Highest


North Carolina'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
Home health care - improved drug management Percentage of home health care patients who get better at taking their medication correctly Highest
Dialysis and on kidney transplant list Percentage of dialysis patients under age 70 who were registered on a waiting list for transplantation Highest
Deaths per 1,000 admissions in low-mortality DRGs Deaths per 1,000 adult or obstetric admissions in low-mortality Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) Lowest
Nursing home long-stay residents - with increased need for help Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased Lowest
Nursing home long-stay residents - bed/chair bound Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who spend most of their time in bed or in a chair Lowest

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