The Commonwealth Fund (CMWF) released its latest state health system scorecard. The scorecard – Aiming Higher: Results from the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance 2017 Edition – ranks the health care system in every state and the District of Columbia based on 44 indicators of health care access, quality, cost, and outcomes. In addition to the interactive digital report, an accompanying data center enables users to compare the performance of their state with that of other states.
Vermont is the top-ranked state overall, followed by Minnesota, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Lowest-ranked are Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. California climbed the most in the rankings between 2013 and 2015, from 26th to 14th. Colorado, Kentucky, New York, and Washington also made big jumps. Kentucky improved on 21 scorecard indicators, more than any other state.