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Aiming Higher: State Scorecard on Health System Performance

The cost and quality of health care, as well as access to care and health outcomes, continue to vary widely among states, according to the second state scorecard report released by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. Aiming Higher: Results from the 2009 State Scorecard on Health System Performance is a follow-up to the Commission’s 2007 report, ranking states on 38 indicators in the areas of access, prevention/treatment quality, avoidable hospital use and costs, healthy lives, and equity. In 2009, Vermont, Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Maine, and New Hampshire lead the nation as top performers on a majority of indicators.

In addition to the scorecard report, the Fund Web site features an interactive map that allows users to download individual state information and compare states on various measures, as well as a supplemental report profiling seven states that performed well in 2009.

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