Fed Agency Ranks MN 1st in Nation for Health Care

The state received “strong” or “very strong” ratings in the majority of the 12 primary measures included in the report, resulting in the highest overall score among states.

To find the best health care in the nation, look no further than right here in Minnesota.

That’s according to the annual “state snapshots” report recently released by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The report is designed to help state officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their states, and to encourage health care providers to improve performance.

Minnesota received “strong” or “very strong” ratings in the majority of the 12 key measures included in the report. It ranked eighth in the nation with respect to nursing home care, fourth for hospital care, and first for “ambulatory care,” which encompasses care provided in doctors’ offices and clinics and other walk-in care.

Minnesota ranked first for diabetes care, third for clinical preventive services, and tied for fifth place in the cancer care category.

The state did, however, perform below average in two categories: It received a “very weak” rating for home health care, ranking 43rd among states in that field, and a “weak” rating for maternal and child health care, coming in 36th in that category.

For home health care, it received low marks for patient improvement, and in maternal and child care, it ranked below average with respect to child vaccinations, among other measures.

Despite those couple of setbacks, Minnesota earned the highest overall health rating of any state with a composite score of 67.31, up from last year’s score of 64.46. Wisconsin came in second on this year’s list with a score of 67.2.

Texas ranked the lowest for its overall health care performance, earning a score of only 31.61.

To see how each state stacked up based on its overall health care score, click here.

To navigate all of the data contained within this year’s “state snapshots” report, click here.