The health system performance scorecards produced by The Commonwealth Fund’s research unit at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement reveal severe deficits in the functioning of the U.S. health system overall, wide variability in performance across states and local health care markets, and persistent income-based disparities. The scorecards’ findings have helped focus public attention and policy action on areas where improvement is needed. As major federal and state reforms unfold, the scorecards help position the Fund as a go-to resource for health system performance tracking. The proposed grant will support the research unit’s activities in 2014: producing the third edition of the state scorecard and the second editions of the local health system and child health scorecards. The unit also will collaborate with senior Fund staff in preparing issue briefs on topics of national, state, and local policy interest.
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