TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Report Overview
- Navigating the Report
- Report Features
The LCSR Facility Comparisons Report is an interactive tool for viewing your site’s data. It includes comparisons to regional and national peers as well as trends over time. Additional features include Annual Trends, LungRADS comparison, and the percentage of patients adhering to annual screening exams.
Navigating the Report
Get started by signing in to the National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR) portal and selecting the LCSR Facility Comparisons Report in the left menu under Interactive Reports. The report is divided into tabs across the top of the screen. The About this Report tab provides a general overview of the information displayed across all report tabs. In each report tab, hover your pointer over the information icon (blue circle) in the upper left corner to learn more about navigating the report's features.
Note: Watch the LCSR video training series to learn:
How to navigate the Facility Peer Comparisons Report
Investigate annual trend performance
How the LCSR performance measures are calculated
About Interpreting Peer Rankings
The Facilities Map provides a visual representation of which facilities are included in the report's Census Division comparison statistics for a selected year. Each division is color coded.
Facility Peer Comparisons
The Facility Peer Comparisons Report tab compares a single site’s data to various peer groups:
in the same Census Division (e.g. East North Central, Mountain)
of the same facility type (e.g. Academic, Freestanding center)
in the same type of location (e.g. Suburban, Metropolitan), and
in the entire registry
The data table shows each measure, the measure rate, and the numerator and denominator values for the rate. Using the Report Section filter and the Measure filter, you can adjust the amount of information to view.
Note: Two new measures were added to the registry in 2022: Adherence to Annual Screening and Non-smoking Rate. The report's LCSR Measure Definitions tab contains a brief description of each measure and more detailed information about each measure is also available here.
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Each color-coded circle represents the site's quartile ranking compared to the peer group. For example, the highest 25% group typically indicates the facility performed well and was better than 75% of all sites in that group, and the lower 25% indicates the facility performance was relatively poor, faring worse than 75% of all sites in the group.
Note: Beginning in 2022, the Screened Population measure now includes results for the 2021 screening criteria recommended by the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). The report will continue to show the USPSTF 2013 criteria for the next several years.
Additional details are available for each measure comparison by hovering over the circle. The above screenshot shows by hovering the mouse over the circle for the Adherence to Annual Screening measure, you can view details with the facility rate (dark blue dot) and each of the quartiles (differently colored shaded areas) for all sites in the LCSR.
Each shaded area represents the range of rates for one-quarter of LCSR facilities in 2021 that met the 20-case threshold:
The leftmost shaded area shows 25% of sites had a rate of 10.6 or lower
The next shaded region is for sites that had a rate between 10.6 and 26.7
The third from the left shaded area is for sites with a rate between 26.7 and 40.7
The rightmost shaded region shows 25% of sites with rates greater than 40.7
Note: Some measures, such as volume CT dose index (CTDIvol) and dose length product (DLP), are inverse, so lower rates are better. For other rates, such as smoking cessation counseling, higher rates are better.
The Annual Trends Report tab provides rankings over time for the selected facility compared to all LCSR facilities meeting the case threshold. Clicking on a measurement name in the table creates detailed graphs for that measure. The line chart compares the facility’s rate (green line) to the registry median (gray line), for each available year. Therefore, for measures where higher rates are better, a facility rate below the registry median line means the facility performed worse than half of all sites in the LCSR. For inverse measures where higher rates are worse, the opposite is true – a facility rate above the registry median line means the facility performed worse than half of all sites in the LCSR.
Note: The registry median (gray line), also known as the 50th percentile, represents the midpoint across all facilities; that is, half of the facilities in the LCSR have a rate below this value, and half have a rate above this value.
Hover over a colored ranking circle or over the registry data point (indicated by a dot with a numbered value) in the line chart to see details for that year, including the registry 25th, median (50th), 75th, and 95th percentiles. The bar chart shows the number of cases for the facility for the selected measure by year, to provide some context to the facility rate and ranking.
The Facility Comparisons Report tab provides rankings for multiple facilities so you can compare data across facilities. The report also includes total measurement rates, compiled across the selected facilities.
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Hovering over a ranking circle provides additional information about the registry percentiles that determined the ranking for that facility and measure.
The Lung-RADS Comparison Report tab shows the percentage of lung cancer screening exams by Lung-RADS category for the year and facilities selected (light blue bars) and for their total (green bar). Use the comparison filters (shaded in gray), to view Lung-RADS reporting results compared with the entire registry or with facilities in a selected Census Division, Facility Category, or Location Type. Use the Statistic filter to select a comparison percentile. In the screenshot below, the Lung-RADS reporting breakdown for two facilities is shown compared with all academic facilities submitting data for 2021. The example shows the median percentile for reporting Lung-RADS 2 exam results among academic facilities in 2021 is 59.8% demonstrating the two facilities are well above the median for this Lung-RADS category.
Adherence to Annual Screening
The Adherence to Annual Screening Report tab provides insight into the percent and number of patients who had a previous screening exam of LungRads 1 or 2 and return for their annual screen. The report year is the date a patient returned for a screening exam if they returned within 15 months. You can view facility performance results by the comparison categories of census division, facility type, location type, or the full registry. You can also select a percentile for the comparison category that displays as a red line on the bar charts.
The blue bars in the first chart represent the percentage of patients who return for an annual screening exam within 11 to 15 months. The green bars show the total for all selected facilities. The example below displays the comparison data for three academic facilities with the red line showing the 50th percentile, or median, of all academic facilities submitting registry data. Hovering over the blue bar for a facility shows more specific details.
Clicking a blue bar in the first chart enables you to drill into the adherence performance for a single facility. Clicking a blue bar in the second chart displays the individual cases for the facility for a specific time period to track the percentage of patients who return for an annual screening exam within 16 to 24 months or greater than 24 months after their last annual exam. Patients who are overdue (have not returned within 11 to 15 months) for a follow-up exam are tracked in the No follow-up (overdue) column until they return.
The Facility Characteristics tab displays the number of sites by Facility Type, Location Type, and Census Division. Each stacked bar chart denotes the number of sites that met the case threshold for the year (blue bars), and the number of sites that fell below the threshold (gray bars).
Performance Improvement Reports
These reports are available to help facilities carry out an LCSR performance improvement (PI) activity. To learn about how you can use your LCSR data to improve program performance and improve patient care, see LCSR Performance Improvement Overview. Also, read the articles Increasing Adherence to Annual Screening - Data Review and Achieving Appropriate Radiation Dose - Data Review for details about how these reports can help you identify problem areas and demonstrate improvement.
LCSR Measure Definitions
The last tab in the report provides definitions for all the report measures.
Date last reviewed: 02/09/23
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