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Pneumonia

Pneumonia is caused by a viral or bacterial infection that fills the lungs with mucus. This lowers the oxygen level in your blood. Symptoms of pneumonia can include difficulty breathing, coughing up green or bloody mucus, chest pain, fever and chills, and fatigue. (Source: CMS)

Measures in this Category

Pneumococcal Vaccination:  Pneumonia inpatients age 65 and older who were screened for pneumococcal vaccine status and were administered the vaccine prior to discharge, if indicated. (CMS)

Blood Culture within First 24 hours (ICU):  Pneumonia patients transferred or admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) within 24 hours of hospital arrival, who had blood cultures performed 24 hours prior to or 24 hours after hospital arrival. (Joint Commission)

30-Day Death Rate for Pneumonia Patients:  Death rate of Medicare patients who were admitted to the hospital for pneumonia and died within 30 days of hospital admission. The 30-day period is used because this is the time period when deaths are most likely to be related to the care patients received in the hospital. (CMS)

Blood Culture prior to First Antibiotic:  Percent of pneumonia patients whose blood was collected in the emergency room prior to first hospital dose of antibiotics. (CMS)

Initial Antibiotic within 6 Hours:  Percent of pneumonia patients who receive an antibiotic within 6 hours of arriving at the hospital. (CMS)

Initial Antibiotic Selection:  Percent of immunocompetent (immune system is working properly and is able to respond correctly) patients with pneumonia who receive an initial antibiotic regimen that is consistent with current guidelines. (CMS)

Initial Antibiotic Selection for ICU Patients:  Percent of immunocompetent (immune system is working properly and is able to respond correctly) ICU patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia who receive an initial antibiotic regimen during the first 24 hours that is consistent with current guidelines. (Joint Commission)

Initial Antibiotic Selection for Non-ICU Patients:  Percent of immunocompetent (immune system is working properly and is able to respond correctly) non-Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia who receive an initial antibiotic regimen during the first 24 hours that is consistent with current guidelines. (Joint Commission)

Influenza Vaccination:  Percent of pneumonia patients age 50 years and older, hospitalized during October, November, December, January, or February who were screened for influenza vaccine status and were vaccinated prior to discharge, if indicated. (CMS)

30-Day All-Cause Readmission Rate for Pneumonia Patients:  The risk-adjusted readmission rate of Medicare patients who were readmitted to the hospital for any reason within 30 days of being discharged from their initial pneumonia related hospital admissions (CMS)