MassachusettsHospital Quality Measures Compared to Achievable Benchmarks

The NHQDR quality measures specific to Hospital 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 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 Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Patients with colon cancer who received surgical resection of colon cancer that included at least 12 lymph nodes pathologically examined 94.3 95.4 1.1%
Hospital patients who received influenza vaccination 95.1 96.6 1.6%
Women under age 70 treated for breast cancer with breast-conserving surgery who received radiation therapy to the breast within 1 year of diagnosis 92.5 96.2 3.8%
Women with clinical Stage I-IIb breast cancer who received axillary node dissection or sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) at the time of surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy) 87.9 96.4 8.8%
Measures That Are Close to Benchmark
Measure Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Adult hospital patients who did not receive good communication about discharge information 9.3 7.7 20.5%
Adult hospital patients who sometimes or never had good communication about medications they received in the hospital 10.6 7.8 36.6%
Measures That Are Far From Benchmark
Measure Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
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 5.2 3.2 63.0%
Hospital inpatient stays involving opioid-related diagnoses per 100,000 population 463.8 102.9 350.9%
Emergency department visits involving opioid-related diagnoses per 100,000 population 527.1 65.2 707.8%