2014 State Health System Scorecard Released

The Commonwealth Fund has released its Scorecard on State Health System Performance, assessing 42 indicators of health care access, quality, costs, and outcomes from 2007-2012.  The purpose of the Scorecard is to compare trends and healthcare experiences across states to help policy makers and health system leaders identify opportunities for improvement.  The Scorecard reveals that in most parts of the country, performance measures worsened on nearly as many as it improved.  Areas that did see improvement were the focus of national and state attention—childhood immunizations, hospital readmissions, safe prescribing, and cancer deaths.  Access to care deteriorated for adults, while costs increased.  The report demonstrates disparities in performance across and within states and evidence of poor care coordination.

South Carolina moved improved from a rank of 39 in 2009 to 36 in 2014.  Thirteen of the 42 indicators improved, while 13 worsened and eight stayed the same.  The Equity profile displays gaps in performance for vulnerable groups for selected income, a rank that increased from 31 in 2009 to 35 in 2014.

Key findings of the Scorecard:

There were some improvements in state health system performance in recent years, but widespread gains remained the exception.

Troubling disparities and gaps in care persisted for children and other vulnerable populations.

Widespread geographic variations in health system performance persist, providing benchmarks and illustrating opportunities to do better.

Click here to access Aiming Higher: Results from a Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2014.

Click here to access the State Profiles.

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