Study Shows Significant Variation in Costs, Quality and Access Across Communities
The report ranks local areas on 43 performance metrics grouped into categories that include access to healthcare, healthcare prevention and treatment, potentially avoidable healthcare utilization and cost and health outcomes. The report finds no community consistently leads on all factors, though there were geographic patterns.
For instance, local areas in the Northeast and Upper Midwest often ranked at the top, while local areas in the South, particularly the Gulf Coast and southern central states, tended to rank at the bottom on many measures. The report also showed wide variation within regions and states.
Healthcare spending also varied widely across the country. Private insurance spending per person in 2009, adjusted for wage differences, was nearly two-and-a-half times greater in the highest-cost areas — Charleston ($5,068) and Huntington ($5,042) in West Virginia and Wausau ($4,893) and Marshfield ($4,800) in Wisconsin — than in the lowest-cost areas of Honolulu ($2,014) in Hawaii and of Buffalo ($2,228) and Rochester ($2,319) in New York State.
Read the report, Rising to the Challenge: Results from a Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, 2012, in detail by clicking here.
Related Articles on Quality:Dr. Sanjay Gupta's New Book Focuses on Medical Errors
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2015. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.