The latest Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance is out and Arizona is ranked 33rd overall. Despite our state’s middle of the road ranking, we improved in 12 of the indicators used in the scorecard and only dropped in three.
Below are a few bullet points specific to Arizona taken from the report:
- Access and Affordability, being able to get and afford health care when you need it – Arizona ranked 43rd.
- Prevention & Treatment, the quality of care provided in hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices, and patients’ homes – we ranked 47th.
- Avoidable Hospital Use and Costs of Care, defined as avoiding inefficient or wasteful health care – Arizona is 10th overall.
- Healthy Lives, factors that include smoking rates, obesity, and premature death – Arizona finished 28th, and in
- Equity, disparities in access and availability of care – Arizona checked in at number 24.
This year’s scorecard, the fourth in a series, documents changes during 2013 and 2014 to assess the ACA’s health insurance expansions last year as well as payment reforms and incentives to reduce re-admissions to the hospital.
Physician David Blumenthal, president of The Commonwealth Fund, says he “can’t with scientific precision” attribute all the gains the report found to the ACA, but says several positive trends do coincide with the implementation of the law.
Still, the report cautions, “the effects of the ACA are not yet fully reflected” in this year’s results, and “it may take many years to see the resulting changes.”
These numbers tell us there is still work to be done before we can reach our vision of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation. Let us know what changes you think we need to make to help improve our state’s overall rank.