Massachusetts Strongest / 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.

The top five performing quality measures and the bottom five performing quality measures are listed here for Massachusetts.

Historically, the State Snapshots have included State-specific estimates for selected AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIs) based on Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data. The 2018 QDR does not include State-specific QI estimates based on 2016 HCUP data because the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System version of the QI software used did not include risk adjustment. State-specific QIs will be reported in future QDRs when the estimates can be risk adjusted.

Note: The best result for each measure can be either the highest or lowest value.

Strongest Measures
Measure Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Dialysis patients who were registered on a waiting list for transplantation 32.1 28.2 Achieved: 14% better
Long-stay nursing home residents with too much weight loss 5.0 5.4 Achieved: 7% better
Breast cancer deaths per 100,000 female population per year 16.9 17.8 Achieved: 5% better
Cervical cancer diagnosed at advanced stage (all invasive tumors) per 100,000 women age 20 and over 7.2 7.6 Achieved: 5% better
Home health care patients whose management of oral medications improved 68.8 66.0 Achieved: 4% better

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.

Weakest Measures
Measure Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Long-stay nursing home residents with physical restraints 0.7 0.2 217%
Hospital inpatient stays involving opioid-related diagnoses per 100,000 population 452.5 102.9 340%
Drug overdose deaths involving any opioid per 100,000 resident population 28.2 4.0 598%
Emergency department visits involving opioid-related diagnoses per 100,000 population 562.4 65.2 762%
Drug overdose deaths involving other synthetic opioids (other than methadone) per 100,000 resident population 24.5 0.7 3256%

State’s performance on all measures is available on the Quality Measures Compared to Achievable Benchmarks.