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Low-Income Population Scorecard

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  • Low-Income Population Scorecard

    This data set uses 30 key indicators to measure health system performance for vulnerable populations, primarily focusing on low-income populations.

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2010-2011 OVERALL RANKING
(out of 51)

  • Quartile
  • Rank
  • Access & Affordability 2 21
  • Prevention & Treatment 4 51
  • Potentially Avoidable Hospital Use 2 16
  • Healthy Lives 1 3

Estimated Impact of Improvement: (if this STATE improved to the level of the best-performing STATE)

3,070,630

more insured adults.

609,832

more older adults would receive preventive care.

8,258

fewer hospitalizations for potentially preventable conditions.

Number of Indicators for which this state ranked in the:
  • Top 5 8
  • Top Quartile 11
  • 2nd Quartile 5
  • 3rd Quartile 5
  • Bottom Quartile 9
  • Bottom 5 7
Demographics:
  • Total Population 37,428,852
  • Median Income $47,852
  • Percent with a High School Degree or Less 39%
  • Percent of Population at or Below 100% of Poverty 24%
  • Percent of Population at or Below 200% of Poverty 44%
  • Dimension and Indicator
  • Year
  • All-State Median
  • State Rate
  • State Rate
  • All-State Median
  • Best State
  • State Rank
  • Compare to other States
  • Access & Affordability
  •  
  • Total State Population
  • Low-Income Population
  •  
  • Percent of adults ages 19–64 uninsured
  • 2010 – 2011
  • 19
  • 26
  • 45
  • 38
  • 12
  • 43
  • Percent of children ages 0–18 uninsured
  • 2010 – 2011
  • 8
  • 11
  • 15
  • 13
  • 5
  • 37
  • Percent of adults who went without care because of cost in the past year
  • 2011
  • 16
  • 16
  • 26
  • 29
  • 16
  • 18
  • Percent of individuals with high out-of-pocket medical spending relative to their annual household income
  • 2010 – 2011
  • 16
  • 15
  • 30
  • 35
  • 25
  • 3
  • Percent of adults without a dentist, dental hygienist, or dental clinic visit in the past year
  • 2010
  • 30
  • 30
  • 45
  • 46
  • 30
  • 22
  • Prevention & Treatment
  •  
  • Total State Population
  • Low-Income Population
  •  
  • Percent of adults age 50 and older who received recommended screening and preventive care
  • 2010
  • 44
  • 40
  • 26
  • 32
  • 42
  • 49
  • Percent of adults with a usual source of care
  • 2011
  • 79
  • 74
  • 60
  • 75
  • 88
  • 48
  • Percent of children with a medical home
  • 2011 – 2012
  • 57
  • 45
  • 30
  • 47
  • 60
  • 51
  • Percent of children with both a medical and dental preventive care visit in the past year
  • 2011 – 2012
  • 69
  • 65
  • 55
  • 62
  • 79
  • 42
  • Percent of Medicare beneficiaries who received at least one drug that should be avoided in the elderly
  • 2010
  • 24
  • 24
  • 27
  • 28
  • 17
  • 24
  • Percent of Medicare beneficiaries with dementia, hip/pelvic fracture, or chronic renal failure who received a prescription in an ambulatory care setting that is contraindicated for that condition
  • 2010
  • 19
  • 21
  • 29
  • 26
  • 16
  • 35
  • Percent of patients hospitalized for heart failure or pneumonia who received recommended care
  • 10 / 2010 – 09 / 2011
  • 96
  • 96
  • 94
  • 96
  • 98
  • 49
  • Percent of surgical patients who received appropriate care to prevent complications
  • 10 / 2010 – 09 / 2011
  • 98
  • 97
  • 96
  • 98
  • 99
  • 48
  • Risk-adjusted 30-day mortality among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia
  • 07 / 2009 – 06 / 2011
  • 13
  • 12
  • 11
  • 12
  • 11
  • 3
  • Percent of hospitalized patients given information about what to do during their recovery at home
  • 10 / 2010 – 09 / 2011
  • 83
  • 81
  • 78
  • 83
  • 90
  • 47
  • Percent of patients who reported hospital staff always managed pain well, responded when needed help to get to bathroom or pressed call button, and explained medicines and side effects
  • 10 / 2010 – 09 / 2011
  • 66
  • 61
  • 57
  • 64
  • 75
  • 47
  • Potentially Avoidable Hospital Use
  •  
  • Total State Population
  • Low-Income Population
  •  
  • Hospital admissions for pediatric asthma, per 100,000 children
  • 2008
  • 116
  • 83
  • 102
  • 160
  • 56
  • 6
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalizations from respiratory disease among adults, per 100,000
  • 2008
  • 672
  • 477
  • 719
  • 1,002
  • 400
  • 7
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalizations from complications of diabetes among adults, per 100,000
  • 2008
  • 187
  • 175
  • 298
  • 300
  • 149
  • 17
  • Hospital admissions among Medicare beneficiaries for ambulatory care–sensitive conditions, per 100,000 beneficiaries
  • 2011
  • 5477
  • 4,256
  • 7,186
  • 10929
  • 5623
  • 2
  • Potentially avoidable emergency department visits among Medicare beneficiaries, per 1,000 beneficiaries
  • 2011
  • 183
  • 166
  • 259
  • 337
  • 218
  • 4
  • Medicare 30-day hospital readmissions as a percent of admissions
  • 2011
  • 18
  • 18
  • 21
  • 21
  • 15
  • 27
  • Percent of long-stay nursing home residents hospitalized within a six-month period
  • 2010
  • 19
  • 21
  • 21
  • 19
  • 7
  • 36
  • Percent of short-stay nursing home residents readmitted within 30 days of hospital discharge to nursing home
  • 2010
  • 20
  • 20
  • 20
  • 20
  • 12
  • 25
  • Healthy Lives
  •  
  • Total State Population
  • Low-Income Population
  •  
  • Years of potential life lost before age 75 among adults age 25 and over
  • 2008 – 2010
  • 7916
  • 6,647
  • 9,704
  • 12,725
  • 9,466
  • 2
  • Infant mortality, deaths per 1,000 live births
  • 2006 – 2008
  • 7.5
  • 5.0
  • 6.0
  • 8.2
  • 5.5
  • 1
  • Percent of adults who smoke
  • 2011
  • 21
  • 13
  • 17
  • 30
  • 17
  • 2
  • Percent of adults ages 18–64 who are obese (BMI >= 30)
  • 2011
  • 28
  • 25
  • 31
  • 34
  • 26
  • 12
  • Percent of adults ages 18–64 who report fair/poor health, 14 bad mental health days, or activity limitations
  • 2010
  • 34
  • 35
  • 46
  • 47
  • 36
  • 22
  • Percent of adults ages 18–64 who have lost six or more teeth because of tooth decay, infection, or gum disease
  • 2010
  • 9
  • 7
  • 10
  • 16
  • 8
  • 4

Source

Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations, 2013

Notes

Refer to Appendix B3 in the Scorecard for indicator descriptions, data sources, and other notes about methodology.