The Commonwealth Fund released its 2022 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which was modified from previous years to factor each state's response and management of the COVID-19 pandemic into its grade.[Becker's Health Review]
The Commonwealth Fund evaluated states on 56 performance measures grouped into seven dimensions: (1) access and affordability, (2) prevention and treatment, (3) avoidable hospital use and cost, (4) healthy lives, (5) COVID-19, (6) income disparity and (7) racial and ethnic equity. The report generally reflects data from 2020, although seven new measures tied to COVID-19 incorporate data through the first quarter of 2022.
Some insights into the rankings and scores:
- Hawaii ranked No. 1 for its COVID-19 response and management, helping its overall No. 1 ranking.
- Alabama ranked No. 51 for its COVID-19 response and management, moving down its overall ranking to No. 46.
- Utah ranked No. 1 for avoidable hospital use and cost; West Virginia ranked No. 51.
- Massachusetts ranked No. 2 overall, but it led the country for four dimensions: access and affordability; prevention and treatment; healthy lives and racial and ethnic equity.
Below is each state and its overall ranking, which includes ties. The complete ranking and scoring can be found here.
6. Rhode Island
8. New Hampshire
10. New York
13. District of Columbia
18. New Jersey
26. New Mexico
29. North Dakota
30. South Dakota
34. North Carolina
37. South Carolina
49. West Virginia