Pneumonia: counseling to stop smoking
Smoking compromises the health of lungs and exposes the patient to a higher risk of pneumonia and its complications, including death. Quitting may help prevent patients from getting pneumonia or other lung illnesses. A higher rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
About this measure
This measure tracks the percentage of pneumonia patients who smoke who also received advice to quit smoking from hospital staff at the hospital.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital wants to provide the most up to date data. For this measure, our data is from a more recent time period than the benchmark time period. Effective January 1, 2012, this measure was retired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Consequently, the data point 2012 Q2 includes one month of data.
Note: In this case, a higher number is better.