NationalUtilization Quality Measures Compared to Achievable Benchmarks

The NHQR quality measures specific to Utilization 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 - the value for a measure has not achieved 50% of the benchmark.
 
Close to benchmark - the 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 - the 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 With No Available Benchmark Information
Measure Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
People without a usual source of care who indicated a financial or insurance reason for not having a source of care 20.5
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed medical care due to financial or insurance reasons 54.9
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed dental care due to financial or insurance reasons 74.8
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed prescription medicines due to financial or insurance reasons 60.3
People under age 65 whose family's health insurance premium and out-of-pocket medical expenditures were more than 10% of total family income 13.7