NationalHIV and AIDS Quality Measures Compared to Achievable Benchmarks

The NHQR quality measures specific to HIV and AIDS 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 That Achieved Benchmark or Better
Measure Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Persons age 13 and over living with HIV who know their serostatus 85.0 89.1 5%
Measures That Are Close to Benchmark
Measure Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Persons age 13 and over living with diagnosed HIV who had at least two CD4 or viral load tests performed at least 3 months apart during the last year, among reporting jurisdictions 56.9 67.6 16%
Persons age 13 and over living with diagnosed HIV whose most recent viral load in the last 12 months was under 200 copies/mL 57.9 74.3 22%
Measures That Are Far From Benchmark
Measure Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
HIV infection deaths per 100,000 population 1.90 0.75 153%
New HIV cases per 100,000 population age 13 and over 15.1 4.30 251%