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Pennsylvania

Strongest and Weakest Measures


Pennsylvania'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
Always had good communication with providers - adults on Medicare managed care Percentage of adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers always listened carefully, explained things clearly, respected what they had to say, and spent enough time with them, Medicare managed care Highest
Dialysis and on kidney transplant list Percentage of dialysis patients under age 70 who were registered on a waiting list for transplantation Highest
Home health care - less urinary incontinence Percentage of home health care patients who have less urinary incontinence Highest
Diabetes hemoglobin A1c tests Percentage of adults age 40 and over with diagnosed diabetes who received a hemoglobin A1c measurement in the calendar year Highest
Always got appointment for illness/injury/condition - adults on Medicare fee-for-service Percentage of adults who needed care right away for an illness, injury, or condition in the last 12 months who always got care as soon as wanted, Medicare fee-for-service Highest
Always had good communication with providers - adults on Medicare fee-for-service Percentage of adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers always listened carefully, explained things clearly, respected what they had to say, and spent enough time with them, Medicare fee-for-service Highest


Pennsylvania'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
Nursing home long-stay residents - received flu vaccine Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who received influenza vaccination during the flu season Highest
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
Nursing home long-stay residents - more depressed or anxious Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who are more depressed or anxious Lowest
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
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

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