CHCF California Health Care Almanac 2011

For 2011, Quality of Care Facts and Figures has been separated into two parts. Part One provides data on quality of care in California by clinical area and patient condition. Part Two provides data on quality of care by setting. Quality of care by clinical area reveals strong statewide performance on some childbirth-related measures, and cancer incidence and mortality. However, California continues to struggle with ensuring consistent quality across racial and ethnic groups.


Key Findings Include:


In California and the United States, rising rates of delivery by cesarean section and maternal mortality are raising concerns about the quality of care delivered to pregnant women.


Significant racial and ethnic disparities persist for maternal and infant mortality, with much higher mortality rates being reported for African American mothers and infants than for Whites, Latinos, and Asians.


Disparities also exist in the rates of potentially preventable admissions for pediatric asthma, diabetes, and congestive heart failure.


With the exception of breast cancer, California has lower incidence and mortality rates than the nation for cancer overall and for three of the four most prevalent cancers: prostate, lung, and colorectal.


California continues to struggle with vaccinations for seniors.


Despite improvements since 2000, California performs worse than the nation on mortality rates for many inpatient heart conditions, heart procedures, and pneumonia cases.

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