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Pennsylvania

Estimated Impact of Improving Performance

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The State Scorecard enables states to compare their performance with that of other states across key indicators of health system performance. It provides states with achievable targets for improvement by assessing each state’s performance compared with the best performance attained by a state. By moving toward benchmark levels of health system performance, states could save lives, improve access to and quality of care, and reduce unnecessary spending.

  • Indicator
  • If PENNSYLVANIA's performance improved to the level of the best-performing for this indicator, then:
  • Adults ages 19-64 uninsured
  • 299,322
  • more adults (ages 18-64) would be covered by health insurance (public or private), and therefore would be more likely to receive health care when needed.
  • Children ages 0-18 uninsured
  • 113,448
  • more children (ages 0–17) would be covered by health insurance (public or private), and therefore would be more likely to receive health care when needed.
  • Adults without a dental visit in past year
  • 493,866
  • more adults would have a dental visit at least annually.
  • Breast cancer deaths per 100,000 female population
  • 510
  • fewer breast cancer deaths would occur.
  • Colorectal cancer deaths per 100,000 population
  • 502
  • fewer colorectal cancer deaths would occur.
  • Infant mortality, deaths per 1,000 live births
  • 296
  • more infants might live to see their first birthday.
  • Adults who smoke
  • 888,959
  • fewer adults would smoke, reducing their risk of lung and heart disease.
  • Adults who are obese
  • 611,096
  • fewer adults would be obese, with body weights that increase their risk for disease and long-term complications.
  • Adults who have lost six or more teeth
  • 381,935
  • fewer adults (ages 18–64) would have lost six or more teeth to decay, infection, or gum disease.
  • Individuals with high out-of-pocket medical spending
  • 309,578
  • fewer individuals would be burdened by high out-of-pocket spending on medical care.
  • Children who are overweight or obese
  • 168,833
  • fewer children (ages 10–17) would be overweight or obese, thus reducing the potential for poor health as they transition into adulthood.
  • Hospital admissions for pediatric asthma, per 100,000 children
  • 3,619
  • fewer children ages 2 to 17 would be hospitalized for asthma exacerbations.
  • Adults who went without care because of cost
  • 395,093
  • fewer adults would go without care because of cost.
  • Adults without a usual source of care
  • 297,847
  • fewer adults would lack a usual source of care.
  • Mortality amenable to health care, deaths per 100,000 population
  • 3,270
  • fewer preventable deaths.
  • Adults who report fair/poor health
  • 305,548
  • fewer adults would report fair or poor health.
  • Deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drug use per 100,000 population
  • 3,893
  • fewer deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drug use.
  • Adults without all age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
  • 489,360
  • few adults will go without needed cancer screenings
  • Adults without all age-appropriate recommended vaccines
  • 584,008
  • fewer adults will go without needed vaccines.
  • Children without all components of a medical home
  • 127,113
  • fewer children will lack a medical home
  • Children without both a medical and dental preventive care visit in the past year
  • 177,881
  • fewer children will go without a medical or dental preventative visit.
  • Children ages 19-35 months who did not receive all recommended vaccines
  • 23,739
  • fewer children would not receive need vaccines.
  • Medicare beneficiaries received a high-risk drug
  • 21,892
  • fewer Medicare beneficiaries would receive a high-risk drug.
  • Potentially avoidable ED visits, age 65 and older, per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries
  • 59,758
  • fewer Medicare beneficiaries would have potentially avoidable ED visits.
  • 30-day hospital readmissions, age 65 and older, per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries
  • 7,330
  • fewer Medicare beneficiaries would be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.
  • 30-day hospital readmissions, ages 18-64, per 1,000 employer-insured enrollees
  • 13,139
  • fewer employer-insured enrollees would be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.
  • Potentially avoidable ED visits, ages 18-64, per 1,000 employer-insured enrollees
  • 160,413
  • fewer employer-insured enrollees would have potentially avoidable ED visits.
Source

D. C. Radley, D. McCarthy, and S. L. Hayes, 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, The Commonwealth Fund, May 2018.

Notes

* This state was the best-performing state for this indicator.

The table shows the estimated impact if this state's performance improved to the rate of the best-performing state. (Refer to this state's individual performance profile to see actual rates.) These examples illustrate only a few important opportunities for improvement. Because some indicators affect the same individuals, these numbers should not be added.