North CarolinaLow Income Quality Measures Compared to Achievable Benchmarks

The NHQDR quality measures specific to Low Income 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 Population Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Adults who received a blood cholesterol measurement in the last 5 years Negative/poor 75.3 82.3 8.5%
Measures That Are Close to Benchmark
Measure Population Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Adults age 65 and over who received an influenza vaccination in the last flu season Negative/poor 61.7 70.3 12.3%
Adults age 65 and over who ever received pneumococcal vaccination Negative/poor 61.5 78.7 21.9%
Measures That Are Far From Benchmark
Measure Population Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
Hospital inpatient stays involving opioid-related diagnoses per 100,000 population Negative/poor 397.4 102.9 286.4%
Emergency department visits involving opioid-related diagnoses per 100,000 population Negative/poor 323.1 65.2 395.2%
Measures With No Available Benchmark Information or Supplemental Measures
Measure Population Estimate Benchmark Distance to Benchmark
People who needed to see a doctor but could not because of cost in the past 12 months Negative/poor 34.7