10 states with the highest healthcare value for Medicare enrollees

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Hawaii offers the greatest healthcare value — both quality and cost — of any state in the country for Medicare beneficiaries, according to an interactive tool from The Commonwealth Fund, a foundation for healthcare research.

With total spending per Medicare beneficiary of $5,920, Hawaii spends 34 percent less than the U.S. median per enrollee, while providing 47 percent higher quality care.

The Commonwealth Fund's "Health Care Quality-Spending Interactive" is an interactive map that shows how healthcare spending per beneficiary compares to quality state-by-state. Spending estimates are based on 2016 CMS data for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries and exclude Medicare Part D spending.  

Here is a breakdown of the 10 states with the highest value of care for Medicare beneficiaries:

1. Hawaii — 34 percent lower spending than the U.S. median; 47 percent higher quality
2. Alaska — 28 percent lower spending; 21 percent higher quality
3. Oregon — 21 percent lower spending; 15 percent higher quality
4. Montana — 18 percent lower spending; 15 percent higher quality
5. Vermont — 16 percent lower spending; 12 percent higher quality
6. (tie) Colorado — 12 percent lower spending; 20 percent higher quality
6. (tie) Idaho — 12 percent lower spending; 20 percent higher quality
7. Washington — 15 percent lower spending; 13 percent higher quality
8. Minnesota — 9 percent lower spending; 18 percent higher quality
9. Wyoming — 17 percent lower spending; 8 percent higher quality

Note: List includes 10 total states, with one tie.

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