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State Report Card

How well does Utah’s healthcare system work?


The Commonwealth Fund's State Scorecard on Health System Performance 2014 ranked Utah 19th overall in health care quality compared with other states.

Utah scored highest on:

  • Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost. The state ranked fourth in this area.
  • Healthy Lives. Utah ranked fourth overall. This category includes rates of smoking, overweight children, and deaths from colorectal cancer, among other categories.

Utah scored more poorly on:

  • Access to Care (ranked 39th).
  • Prevention and Treatment (ranked 28th).
  • Equity (ranked 25th).

Utah performs strongly on:

  • Home Health Care – including home health patients who get better at walking or moving around.
  • Hospital Care – including hospitalized patients given information about what to do during recovery at home and hospital admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions.

Areas where Utah could improve significantly are:

  • Nursing Home Care – including the number of residents with an antipsychotic medication and residents with dementia who receive an inappropriate medication for their condition.
  • Child Health Care – including medical and dental preventive care and mental health care.

Overall, Utah has a relatively healthy population with a health care system that performs well in many categories.  However, there is still room for improvement.  Reporting on quality measures is one way to applaud effective efforts and also a way to encourage better performance.  When consumers engage actively in following reports, and use them to make health care decisions, individuals benefit from better care and the system as a whole is pushed organically toward providing better care at a better value.  Involvement from consumers can also bring to the forefront issues that require broader public attention.

Does Utah Measure Up?

See these topic-specific report cards for a picture of how health in Utah compares to health in other states.

AHRQ State Snapshots

State-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.

The Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard Map

State-specific rankings and results compared to benchmarks on access, prevention & treatment, avoidable hospital use & costs, equity, healthy lives.

America’s Health Rankings   

State-by-state report on individual behaviors, public and health policies, community and environmental conditions, and clinical care data and their relationship to health outcomes.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Grading the States Report  

State-by-state report on America’s health care system for adults with serious mental illness.

National Women’s Law Center: Making the Grade on Women’s Health   

A national and state-by-state report that assesses the overall health of women at the national and state levels.

Statehealthfacts.org    

Statehealthfacts.org is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and provides health data on all 50 states and over 500 health topics.

Center to Advance Palliative Care  

State-by-state report on access to palliative care in US hospitals.

The National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine   

State-by-state assessment of the support provided for emergency care systems.

The First National Report Card on Quality of Health Care in America  

A report summarizing the largest and most comprehensive examination ever conducted of health care quality in the United States.