ConnecticutBlack Quality Measures Compared to Achievable Benchmarks

The NHQR quality measures specific to Black are compared to achievable benchmarks, which are derived from the top-performing States. Better performance of a State can mean higher or lower values of a measure, depending on the desired outcome. For example, low values are desirable for measures such as infant mortality, whereas high values are desirable for measures such as preventative screening. The categories of achievement have been standardized across the measure definitions so that:

 
Far away from benchmark - a State's value for a measure has not achieved 50% of the benchmark.
 
Close to benchmark - a State's value for a measure is between 50% and 90% of a benchmark (i.e., worse than the benchmark but has achieved at least half of the benchmark but not as much as 90% of a benchmark).
 
Achieved benchmark or better - a State's the value for a measure is no worse than 90% of the benchmark value, the measure has achieved the benchmark. This category also includes the case in which the measure’s value is equal to or better than the benchmark.
Measures That Achieved Benchmark or Better
Measure Population Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Long-stay nursing home patients who had fall with major injury Black 1.30 1.96 Achieved: 34% better
Long-stay nursing home residents with a urinary tract infection Black 3.90 5.02 Achieved: 22% better
Low-risk, short-stay nursing home patients who had pressure ulcer Black 0.77 0.87 Achieved: 11% better
Home health patients who had diabetic foot care and patient education - short stay Black 95.3 96.4 1%
Long-stay nursing home residents with too much weight loss Black 7.50 7.32 2%
Home health patients who had timely initiation of care Black 92.2 94.9 3%
Home health patients who had drug education on all medications - short stay Black 91.1 95.3 4%
Home health care patients whose surgical wound was improved Black 86.8 92.2 6%
Low-risk, long-stay nursing home residents with loss of control of bowels or bladder Black 35.2 33.2 6%
Long-stay nursing home residents who were assessed for pneumococcal vaccination Black 90.0 97.8 8%
Measures That Are Close to Benchmark
Measure Population Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Home health care patients whose pain when moving around decreased Black 64.5 72.8 11%
Long-stay nursing home patients who had flu vaccination appropriately given Black 83.4 94.3 12%
Home health care patients whose urinary incontinence decreased Black 46.8 54.8 15%
Home health care patients whose management of oral medications improved Black 51.3 60.6 15%
Home health care patients whose bathing improved Black 62.1 73.4 15%
Home health patients who had improvement in upper body dressing Black 65.1 77.1 16%
Short-stay nursing home patients who had flu vaccination appropriately given Black 77.1 91.4 16%
Home health care patients whose shortness of breath decreased Black 60.7 72.3 16%
Home health care patients whose ability to walk or move around improved Black 57.2 68.6 17%
Short-stay nursing home residents who were assessed for pneumococcal vaccination Black 76.4 92.2 17%
Home health patients who had improvement in toileting Black 63.3 76.9 18%
Low-risk, long-stay nursing home residents with a catheter inserted and left in the bladder Black 3.40 2.88 18%
Home health care patients whose ability to get in and out of bed improved Black 49.3 64.1 23%
Home health patients who had improvement in confusion frequency Black 40.4 52.9 24%
Home health care patients who stayed at home after an episode of home health care Black 58.1 77.5 25%
Long-stay nursing home patients who had antipsychotic medication Black 14.7 11.7 25%
Home health patients who had influenza vaccination during flu season Black 58.8 82.3 29%
Long-stay nursing home residents whose need for help with daily activities increased Black 17.6 13.6 30%
Long-stay nursing home residents whose depression or anxiety increased Black 3.30 2.54 30%
Adult hospital patients who sometimes or never had good communication about medications they received in the hospital Black 10.3 7.85 31%
Home health patients who had pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination Black 52.9 85.1 38%
Adult hospital patients who did not receive good communication about discharge information Black 11.1 7.95 40%
Long-stay nursing home residents with moderate to severe pain Black 8.30 5.88 41%
Short-stay nursing home patients who had antipsychotic medication Black 2.00 1.38 45%
Measures That Are Far From Benchmark
Measure Population Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
High-risk, long-stay nursing home patients who had pressure ulcer Black 7.70 4.57 68%
Short-stay nursing home residents with moderate to severe pain Black 24.5 12.6 94%
Home health care patients who received urgent, unplanned medical care Black 32.4 16.0 103%
Adults who had an appointment for routine health care in the last 12 months who sometimes or never got an appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, Medicare managed care Black 16.8 8.00 110%
Home health care patients who had an emergency department visit and then hospitalized Black 26.9 12.8 110%
Home health care patients who had to be admitted to the hospital Black 37.8 17.6 115%
Adult hospital patients who strongly disagree or disagree that staff took their preferences and those of their family and caregiver into account when deciding what the patients discharge health care would be Black 7.11 3.18 123%
Rating of health care 0-6 on a scale from 0 to 10 (best grade) by adults who had a doctor´s office or clinic visit in the last 12 months, Medicare managed care Black 14.0 5.78 142%
Long-stay nursing home residents with physical restraints Black 1.20 0.44 173%