North Carolina Strongest / Weakest Measures

North Carolina'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 North Carolina.

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
Adults who had an appointment for routine health care in the last 12 months who sometimes or never got an appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, Medicare fee-for-service 9.1 9.5 Achieved: 4% better
Adults who reported a home health provider talking with them about how to set up their home so they can move around safely when they first started getting home health care 81.4 80.1 Achieved: 2% better
Adults age 40 and over with diagnosed diabetes who received at least two hemoglobin A1c measurements in the calendar year 80.6 79.5 Achieved: 1% better
Family caregivers who would definitely recommend this hospice to their friends and family 89.6 88.4 Achieved: 1% better
Adults age 65 and over who received an influenza vaccination in the last flu season 71.1 70.3 Achieved: 1% better

North Carolina'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
Hospital inpatient stays involving opioid-related diagnoses per 100,000 population 320.1 102.9 211%
New HIV cases per 100,000 population age 13 and over 15.8 4.2 276%
Emergency department visits involving opioid-related diagnoses per 100,000 population 261.3 65.2 300%
Drug overdose deaths involving any opioid per 100,000 resident population 19.8 4.0 390%
Drug overdose deaths involving other synthetic opioids (other than methadone) per 100,000 resident population 13.2 0.7 1708%

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