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State Health System Ranking

  • State Health System Ranking

    This data set assesses states' performance on health care for 38 indicators of access, quality, costs, and health outcomes.

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2009 OVERALL RANKING
(out of 51)

  • Quartile
  • Rank
  • Access 4 40
  • Prevention & Treatment 3 28
  • Avoidable Hospital Use & Costs 2 15
  • Equity 4 41
  • Healthy Lives 1 10

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

396,677

more adults would be insured.

118,973

more children would have a medical home.

$10,705,694

would be saved by reducing hospital readmissions among people with Medicare.

Changes in Rates:
  • Total no. of indicators with trends 35
  • State rate improved ≥5% 16 (46%)
  • State rate worsened ≥5% 10 (29%)
  • Little/no change in state rate 9 (26%)
Number of Indicators for which this state ranked in the:
  • Top 5 2
  • Top Quartile 9
  • 2nd Quartile 13
  • 3rd Quartile 11
  • Bottom Quartile 4
  • Bottom 5 1
  • Dimension and Indicator
  • Year
  • State Rate
  • All-State Median
  • Best State Rate
  • Rank
  • Year
  • State Rate
  • All-State Median
  • Rank
  • Actual Change in State Rate
  • Compare to other States
  • Access
  • 2009 Scorecard
  • 40
  • Revised 2007 Scorecard
  • 36
  • Change in Rate
  •  
  • Percent of Nonelderly Adults (Ages 18–64) Insured
  • 2007 / 2008
  • 80.3
  • 82.2
  • 92.8
  • 31
  • 2004 / 2005
  • 80.7
  • 82.4
  • 34
  • -0.4
  • Percent of Children (Ages 0–17) Insured
  • 2007 / 2008
  • 87.3
  • 91.4
  • 96.8
  • 43
  • 2004 / 2005
  • 85.9
  • 91.5
  • 46
  • 1.4
  • Percent of At-Risk Adults Who Have Visited a Doctor for a Routine Checkup in the Past Two Years
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 78.9
  • 84.1
  • 93.0
  • 45
  • 1999 / 2000
  • 85.5
  • 87.0
  • 35
  • -6.6
  • Percent of Adults Without a Time in the Past Year When They Needed to See a Doctor but Could Not Because of Cost
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 87.1
  • 87.5
  • 93.1
  • 29
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 87.6
  • 87.6
  • 26
  • -0.5
  • Prevention & Treatment
  • 2009 Scorecard
  • 28
  • Revised 2007 Scorecard
  • 34
  • Change in Rate
  •  
  • Percent of Adults Age 50 and Older Received Recommended Screening and Preventive Care
  • 2006
  • 45.7
  • 42.4
  • 52.5
  • 15
  • 2004
  • 41.2
  • 39.7
  • 21
  • 4.5
  • Percent of Adult Diabetics Received Recommended Preventive Care
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 43.9
  • 44.8
  • 66.9
  • 27
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 48.3
  • 44.4
  • 14
  • -4.5
  • Percent of Children Ages 19–35 Months Received All Recommended Doses of Five Key Vaccines
  • 2007
  • 78.6
  • 80.1
  • 93.2
  • 36
  • 2005
  • 83.4
  • 81.6
  • 16
  • -4.8
  • Percent of Children with Both a Medical and Dental Preventive Care Visit in the Past Year
  • 2007
  • 70.0
  • 71.0
  • 85.3
  • 31
  • 2003
  • 57.7
  • 59.2
  • 30
  • Percent of Children Who Received Needed Mental Health Care in the Past Year
  • 2007
  • 64.8
  • 63.0
  • 81.5
  • 22
  • 2003
  • 56.9
  • 61.9
  • 38
  • 7.9
  • Percent of Hospitalized Patients Who Received Recommended Care for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, and Pneumonia
  • 2007
  • 93.4
  • 91.6
  • 95.6
  • 11
  • 2004
  • 87.6
  • 84.4
  • 5
  • 5.9
  • Percent of Surgical Patients Who Received Appropriate Care to Prevent Complications
  • 2007
  • 85.2
  • 85.3
  • 92.7
  • 27
  • 2004
  • 71.6
  • 70.5
  • 22
  • 13.6
  • Percent of Home Health Patients Who Get Better at Walking or Moving Around
  • 2007
  • 37.4
  • 40.5
  • 48.2
  • 43
  • 2005
  • 35.1
  • 36.2
  • 36
  • 2.3
  • Percent of Adults with a Usual Source of Care
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 78.1
  • 81.8
  • 89.0
  • 34
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 79.1
  • 81.5
  • 30
  • -1.0
  • Percent of Children with a Medical Home
  • 2007
  • 59.3
  • 60.7
  • 69.3
  • 30
  • 2003
  • 45.8
  • 47.6
  • 28
  • Percent of Heart Failure Patients Given Written Instructions at Discharge
  • 2007
  • 78.1
  • 75.1
  • 91.4
  • 16
  • 2004
  • 40.9
  • 50.6
  • 42
  • 37.2
  • Percent of Medicare Patients Whose Health Care Provider Always Listens, Explains, Shows Respect, and Spends Enough Time with Them
  • 2007
  • 74.5
  • 74.5
  • 78.0
  • 24
  • 2003
  • 65.9
  • 68.7
  • 47
  • 8.6
  • Percent of Medicare Patients Giving a Best Rating for Health Care Received in the Past Year
  • 2007
  • 61.1
  • 61.1
  • 69.3
  • 24
  • 2003
  • 62.4
  • 70.2
  • 50
  • -1.3
  • Percent of High-Risk Nursing Home Residents with Pressure Sores
  • 2007
  • 8.6
  • 11.5
  • 7.5
  • 8
  • 2004
  • 9.7
  • 13.2
  • 8
  • 1.1
  • Percent of Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents Who Were Physically Restrained
  • 2007
  • 5.0
  • 4.0
  • 1.5
  • 34
  • 2004
  • 6.4
  • 6.2
  • 28
  • 1.4
  • Percent of Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents Who Have Moderate to Severe Pain
  • 2007
  • 4.7
  • 4.2
  • 0.9
  • 30
  • 2004
  • 9.0
  • 6.3
  • 47
  • 4.3
  • Avoidable Hospital Use & Costs
  • 2009 Scorecard
  • 15
  • Revised 2007 Scorecard
  • 15
  • Change in Rate
  •  
  • Hospital Admissions for Pediatric Asthma per 100,000 Children
  • 2005
  • 135.5
  • 125.5
  • 48.6
  • 20
  • 2003
  • 158.0
  • 152.6
  • 21
  • 22.5
  • Percent of Adult Asthmatics with an Emergency Room or Urgent Care Visit in the Past Year
  • 2001 - 2004
  • N/A
  • 16.3
  • 10.8
  • N/A
  • 2001 - 2004
  • N/A
  • 16.3
  • N/A
  • Medicare Hospital Admissions for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions per 100,000 Beneficiaries
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 4,917
  • 6,291
  • 3,725
  • 11
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 5,311
  • 6,845
  • 10
  • 394
  • Medicare 30-Day Hospital Readmissions as a Percent of Admissions
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 15.7
  • 17.5
  • 12.9
  • 9
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 16.8
  • 17.1
  • 21
  • 1.1
  • Percent of Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents with a Hospital Admission
  • 2006
  • 10.8
  • 18.7
  • 6.9
  • 5
  • 2000
  • 10.3
  • 16.6
  • 5
  • -0.5
  • Percent of Nursing Home Residents with Hospital Readmission Within 30 Days
  • 2006
  • 17.5
  • 20.8
  • 13.2
  • 13
  • 2000
  • 16.0
  • 18.2
  • 14
  • -1.5
  • Percent of Home Health Patients with a Hospital Admission
  • 2007
  • 28.6
  • 28.7
  • 21.2
  • 25
  • 2004
  • 22.5
  • 26.9
  • 7
  • -6.1
  • Hospital Care Intensity Index, Based on Inpatient Days and Inpatient Physician Visits Among Chronically Ill Medicare Beneficiaries in the Last Two Years of Life
  • 2005
  • 0.743
  • 0.958
  • 0.509
  • 15
  • 2003
  • 0.736
  • 0.959
  • 14
  • -0.006
  • Total Single Premium per Enrolled Employee at Private Sector Establishments that Offer Health Insurance
  • 2008
  • 4,303
  • 4,360
  • 3,830
  • 24
  • 2004
  • 3,684
  • 3,706
  • 23
  • -619
  • Total Medicare (Part A & Part B) Reimbursements per Enrollee
  • 2006
  • 7,496
  • 7,698
  • 5,311
  • 22
  • 2003
  • 6,425
  • 6,371
  • 27
  • -1,071
  • Healthy Lives
  • 2009 Scorecard
  • 10
  • Revised 2007 Scorecard
  • 4
  • Change in Rate
  •  
  • Mortality Amenable to Health Care, Deaths per 100,000
  • 2004 / 2005
  • 72.4
  • 89.9
  • 63.9
  • 4
  • 2001 / 2002
  • 77.9
  • 95.6
  • 3
  • 5.5
  • Infant Mortality, Deaths per 1,000 Live Births
  • 2005
  • 6.4
  • 6.8
  • 4.5
  • 18
  • 2002
  • 6.0
  • 7.1
  • 13
  • -0.4
  • Breast Cancer Deaths per 100,000 Female Population
  • 2005
  • 22.5
  • 23.7
  • 17.7
  • 13
  • 2002
  • 22.7
  • 25.3
  • 7
  • 0.2
  • Colorectal Cancer Deaths per 100,000 Population
  • 2005
  • 16.6
  • 17.8
  • 13.3
  • 14
  • 2002
  • 18.1
  • 20.0
  • 10
  • 1.5
  • Suicide Deaths per 100,000 Population
  • 2005
  • 17.3
  • 11.8
  • 5.5
  • 47
  • 2003
  • 16.1
  • 11.7
  • 44
  • -1.2
  • Percent of Nonelderly Adults (Ages 18–64) Limited in Any Activities Because of Physical, Mental, or Emotional Problems
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 15.1
  • 17.0
  • 12.0
  • 12
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 14.5
  • 15.7
  • 11
  • -0.6
  • Percent of Adults Who Smoke
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 18.2
  • 20.1
  • 10.7
  • 15
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 19.3
  • 21.4
  • 8
  • 1.0
  • Percent of Children Ages 10–17 Who are Overweight
  • 2007
  • 27.2
  • 30.6
  • 23.1
  • 10
  • 2003
  • 21.9
  • 29.9
  • 2
  • -5.3
Source

D. McCarthy, S. K. H. How, C. Schoen, J. C. Cantor, D. Belloff, Aiming Higher Results from a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009, The Commonwealth Fund, October 2009.

Notes

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

* Data could not be updated for this state.
—Data presented are used for past and current rankings.

The equity profile displays gaps in performance for vulnerable populations for selected indicators. An equity gap is defined as the difference between the U.S. national average for a particular indicator and the rate for the state's most vulnerable group by income, insurance coverage, and race/ethnicity. For all equity indicators, lower rates are better; therefore, a positive or negative gap value indicates that the state's most vulnerable group is better or worse than the U.S. average for a particular indicator.

  • Dimension and Indicator
  • Year
  • U.S. Average
  • Vulnerable Group Rate
  • Gap
  • Rank
  • Year
  • U.S. Average
  • Vulnerable Group Rate
  • Gap
  • Rank
  • Change in Gap
  • Change in Vulnerable Group Rate
  • Equity
  • 2009 Scorecard
  • 41
  • Revised 2007 Scorecard
  • 40
  • Change in Rate and Vulnerable Group Rate
Income
  • Percent Uninsured, Ages 0–64 by Federal Poverty Level
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 17.5
  • 47.5
  • -30.0
  • 49
  • 2004 / 2005
  • 17.1
  • 45.9
  • -28.8
  • 49
  • -1.3
  • -1.7
  • Percent of At-Risk Adults Who Have Not Visited a Doctor for a Routine Checkup in the Past Two Years by Federal Poverty Level
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 15.4
  • 31.3
  • -15.9
  • 48
  • 1999 / 2000
  • 13.1
  • 18.9
  • -5.8
  • 34
  • -10.1
  • -12.4
  • Percent of Adults with a Time in the Past Year When They Needed to See a Doctor but Could Not Because of Cost by Federal Poverty Level
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 13.4
  • 27.2
  • -13.8
  • 32
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 13.1
  • 25.4
  • -12.3
  • 29
  • -1.5
  • -1.8
  • Percent of Adults Age 50 and Older Did Not Receive Recommended Screening and Preventive Care by Federal Poverty Level
  • 2006
  • 57.7
  • 68.6
  • -10.9
  • 25
  • 2004
  • 60.3
  • 74.4
  • -14.1
  • 47
  • 3.2
  • 5.8
  • Percent of Adult Diabetics Did Not Receive Recommended Preventive Care by Federal Poverty Level
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 55.7
  • 66.8
  • -11.1
  • 38
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 59.0
  • 65.2
  • -6.1
  • 35
  • -5.0
  • -1.6
  • Percent of Children Without Both a Medical and Dental Preventive Care Visit in the Past Year by Federal Poverty Level
  • 2007
  • 28.4
  • 49.4
  • -21.0
  • 49
  • 2003
  • 41.2
  • 61.5
  • -20.3
  • 50
  • Percent of Adults Without a Usual Source of Care by Federal Poverty Level
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 20.3
  • 36.0
  • -15.7
  • 43
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 20.7
  • 34.4
  • -13.6
  • 42
  • -2.0
  • -1.6
  • Percent of Children Without a Medical Home by Federal Poverty Level
  • 2007
  • 42.5
  • 62.9
  • -20.4
  • 39
  • 2003
  • 53.9
  • 78.1
  • -24.2
  • 50
  • Percent of Adult Asthmatics with an Emergency Room or Urgent Care Visit in the Past Year by Federal Poverty Level
  • 2001 - 2004
  • 17.6
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • 2001 - 2004
  • 17.6
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Insurance Coverage
  • Percent of At-Risk Adults Who Have Not Visited a Doctor for a Routine Checkup in the Past Two Years by Whether Insured
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 15.4
  • 49.9
  • -34.5
  • 47
  • 1999 / 2000
  • 13.1
  • 33.6
  • -20.5
  • 36
  • -14.0
  • -16.3
  • Percent of Adults with a Time in the Past Year When They Needed to See a Doctor but Could Not Because of Cost by Whether Insured
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 13.4
  • 36.4
  • -23.0
  • 14
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 13.1
  • 36.8
  • -23.7
  • 18
  • 0.6
  • 0.3
  • Percent of Adults Age 50 and Older Did Not Receive Recommended Screening and Preventive Care by Whether Insured
  • 2006
  • 57.7
  • 80.8
  • -23.1
  • 46
  • 2004
  • 60.3
  • 75.6
  • -15.3
  • 30
  • -7.8
  • -5.2
  • Percent of Children Ages Without Both a Medical and Dental Preventive Care Visit in the Past Year by Health Insurance Type
  • 2007
  • 28.4
  • 50.2
  • -21.8
  • 26
  • 2003
  • 41.2
  • 67.2
  • -26.0
  • 39
  • Percent of Adults without a Usual Source of Care by Whether Insured
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 20.3
  • 60.4
  • -40.2
  • 43
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 20.7
  • 58.9
  • -38.2
  • 42
  • -2.0
  • -1.5
  • Percent of Children Without a Medical Home by Health Insurance Type
  • 2007
  • 42.5
  • 66.6
  • -24.1
  • 36
  • 2003
  • 53.9
  • 74.5
  • -20.6
  • 30
Race/Ethnicity
  • Percent Uninsured, Ages 0-64 by Race/Ethnicity
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 17.5
  • 37.0
  • -19.5
  • 28
  • 2004 / 2005
  • 17.1
  • 36.9
  • -19.8
  • 28
  • 0.3
  • -0.1
  • Percent of At-Risk Adults Who Have Not Visited a Doctor for a Routine Checkup in the Past Two Years by Race/Ethnicity
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 15.4
  • 29.7
  • -14.3
  • 43
  • 1999 / 2000
  • 13.1
  • 17.9
  • -4.8
  • 27
  • -9.5
  • -11.8
  • Percent of Adults with a Time in the Past Year When They Needed to See a Doctor but Could Not Because of Cost by Race/Ethnicity
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 13.4
  • 20.7
  • -7.3
  • 17
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 13.1
  • 18.6
  • -5.5
  • 14
  • -1.8
  • -2.0
  • Percent of Adults Age 50 and Older Did Not Receive Recommended Screening and Preventive Care by Race/Ethnicity
  • 2006
  • 57.7
  • 64.8
  • -7.1
  • 16
  • 2004
  • 60.3
  • 70.4
  • -10.1
  • 29
  • 3.0
  • 5.6
  • Percent of Children Without Both a Medical and Dental Preventive Care Visit in the Past Year by Race/Ethnicity
  • 2007
  • 28.4
  • 37.3
  • -8.9
  • 27
  • 2003
  • 41.2
  • 55.1
  • -13.9
  • 29
  • Percent of Adults Without a Usual Source of Care by Race/Ethnicity
  • 2006 / 2007
  • 20.3
  • 37.7
  • -17.5
  • 24
  • 2003 / 2004
  • 20.7
  • 36.5
  • -15.7
  • 28
  • -1.7
  • -1.3
  • Percent of Children Without a Medical Home by Race/Ethnicity
  • 2007
  • 42.5
  • 53.4
  • -10.9
  • 7
  • 2003
  • 53.9
  • 68.8
  • -14.9
  • 24
  • Mortality Amenable to Health Care, Deaths per 100,000 Population by Race
  • 2004 / 2005
  • 95.6
  • 127.7
  • -32.1
  • 8
  • 2001 / 2002
  • 105.2
  • 136.4
  • -31.2
  • 6
  • -0.9
  • 8.7
  • Infant Mortality, Deaths per 1,000 Live Births by Race/Ethnicity
  • 2002 - 2004
  • 6.9
  • 16.3
  • -9.4
  • 44
  • 2000 - 2002
  • 6.9
  • 13.7
  • -6.8
  • 25
  • -2.6
  • -2.6
Notes

* Data could not be updated for this state.
—Data presented are used for past and current rankings.

An equity gap is defined as the difference between the U.S. national average for a particular indicator and the rate for the state's most vulnerable group by income, insurance coverage, and race/ethnicity. For all equity indicators, lower rates are better; therefore, a positive or negative gap value indicates that the state's most vulnerable group is better or worse than the U.S. average for a particular indicator. State Scorecard Data Tables display current data by all subgroups. Refer to Appendix B in the State Scorecard for indicator descriptions, data sources, and other notes about methodology

Source

D. McCarthy, S. K. H. How, C. Schoen, J. C. Cantor, D. Belloff, Aiming Higher Results from a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009, The Commonwealth Fund, October 2009.

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