NationalCare Affordability Quality Measures Compared to Achievable Benchmarks

The NHQDR quality measures specific to Care Affordability 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 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 or Supplemental Measures
Measure Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Cost for hospital admissions for all conditions, adults age 18 and over 9014.0
Levels I and II trauma center utilization for all injuries in the U.S. 31.0
Level III trauma center utilization for all injuries in the U.S 13.3
Non-trauma center utilization for all injuries in the U.S 55.7
Cost for hospital admissions for acute conditions, adults age 18 and over 7880.0
Cost for hospital admissions for chronic conditions, adults age 18 and over 9672.0