What do the best states for healthcare have in common?

Ten states were named best in the country for healthcare per U.S. News & World Report's rankings released May 2. 

The states that made the list, in order, were: Hawaii, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, California, Utah, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

But what do these states have in common that make them the best? 

The analysis found that the top 10 states have ample healthcare access, high quality of care and good public health. 

States that perform high in the healthcare access category must have solid stats related to child wellness visits, health insurance enrollment, adult wellness visits, adult dental visits, child dental visits and healthcare affordability. For example, only 5.5 percent of Hawaii's population is without health insurance. 

Additionally, these states have high quality of healthcare. These metrics include: having a high percentage of a state's Medicare Advantage enrollees whose plans have at least a four-star rating from CMS; a good hospital composite score of success in performing or treating various procedures and conditions; high-performing long-term care and short-term rehabilitation facilities with appropriate staffing and low hospitalizations; and preventable hospital admissions in a state per 100,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

 High scores on public health metrics were the third commonality. High performing states have a low mortality rate, suicide rate, smoking rate, infant mortality rate and adult obesity rate as well as good mental health.

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