May 9, 2018

Report: CT health system ranks high

Connecticut ranks ninth among states in a new study evaluating access to care, quality of care, health outcomes and health disparities.

The Commonwealth Fund's 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance assesses 40 indicators in all.

The top five states, in order, were Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Vermont and Utah. The bottom, starting with the worst, were Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida and Arkansas.

Connecticut performed best for adult dental visits, cancer screenings, and a low number of colorectal cancer deaths.

It fared poorly in central line-associated bloodstream infection, diabetic adults with employer-sponsored insurance that hadn't had a hemoglobin A1C test, and hospital patients who did not receive patient-centered care.

The state's improved indicators included home-health patients seeing improvement in walking and moving around, hospital patients discharged without instructions for home recovery and fewer nursing home residents prescribed an antipsychotic medication.

Connecticut saw deteriorating performance in the number of home-health patients with a hospital admission, the number of deaths from suicide, alcohol and drug use per capita, and potentially avoidable emergency department visits by seniors.

If Connecticut improved to the level of the best performing state, 66,325 more adults would be insured; 84,405 fewer adults would go without needed health care because of cost; and 24,001 fewer emergency department visits would occur among people with Medicare, the report said.

Link here to the report's findings on Connecticut.

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