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Minnesota takes top ranking on new health-performance scorecard

Minnesota takes top ranking on new health-performance scorecard
By Susan Perry | 05/01/14

Minnesota is ranked first among all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health Performance, which was released Wednesday.

The scorecard measured 42 health indicators, including insurance coverage, vaccination rates, preventable hospital visits, obesity, suicide rates, smoking rates and cancer deaths from 2007 to 2012 — just before the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began to be implemented.

That’s not to say that Minnesota scored well on all 42 indicators. We ranked 37th, for example, in the category “children ages 19 to 35 months who received all recommended seven doses of vaccines” and 48th in the category “home health patients whose wounds improved or healed after an operation.”


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