Highlights from the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance

From the Commonwealth Fund:

The 2017 edition of the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance finds that nearly all state health systems improved on a broad array of health indicators between 2013 and 2015. During this period, which coincides with implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s major coverage expansions, uninsured rates dropped and more people were able to access needed care, particularly those in states that expanded their Medicaid programs. On a less positive note, between 2011–12 and 2013–14, premature death rates rose slightly following a long decline. The Scorecard points to a constant give-and-take in efforts to improve health and health care, reminding us that there is still more to be done.

According to the 2017 scorecard, Alabama’s performance relative to the baseline score set in 2013 included:

  • Drop from 39 to 47 in overall performance.
  • Drop from 27 to 34 in terms of access Dropped from 36 to 42 in terms of prevention and treatment
  • Remain at 41 in terms of avoidable hospital use and cost
  • Drop from 41 to 45 in terms of healthy lives

See the full Alabama scorecard.