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June 17, 2019

For Immediate Release:

It’s no accident: New York State health system performance rank jumps 10 places

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s overall ranking jumped 10 places to 14th in the nation according to The Commonwealth Fund’s 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. The Scorecard rates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on indicators such as healthcare access and affordability, avoidable hospital use and cost, prevention and treatment, healthy lives and health disparities.

“It’s no accident that New York is seeing impressive improvement in measures of health system performance,” commented HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD. “New York’s hospitals, health systems and continuing care providers are committed to constant improvement in healthcare delivery. Our members are engaged in a variety of innovative and collaborative initiatives that aim to improve care delivery, enhance access to care and reduce costs. The Commonwealth Fund’s new report confirms that New York’s healthcare providers are making solid progress.”

The state experienced positive changes in areas such as prevention and treatment, avoidable use and cost of care, and reducing healthcare disparities. The indicator that improved the most in New York was the hospital 30-day readmission rate for adults ages 18 to 64.

While New York’s overall ranking improved significantly, the state continued to face challenges in several areas, including employee and employer-based insurance and Medicare spending, mental health treatment for both children and adults, cancer screening, certain aspects of hospital care, and drug overdose deaths.

The Healthcare Association of New York State is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York state, representing non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations.