Tracking Health System Performance

The U.S. health system is undergoing major changes intended to expand the availability of high-quality care, achieve healthier outcomes, and lower costs.

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government has made a significant investment in expanded health insurance coverage and innovations in the delivery of care to patients. The Commonwealth Fund’s Tracking Health System Performance initiative is assessing the nation’s progress toward these goals, including whether the investment is producing hoped-for gains. Building on the series of health system scorecards first launched in 2006, the Fund is providing policymakers, providers, and the public with performance benchmarks and improvement targets, while helping to inform future action by policymakers and health care stakeholders.

The Commonwealth Fund’s health system tracking team draws from an array of data sources to monitor such key performance metrics as health care access and quality, use and cost of services, health care outcomes, and population health. Among our resources are:

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Douglas McCarthy
Senior Research Director , The Commonwealth Fund