Wisconsin health care best in the nation

For the second time in a month, Wisconsin health care receives top honors, according to a release from the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Inc.

Wisconsin is the top state in the nation for health care with the highest overall health care quality score among all 50 states, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The ranking is based on Wisconsin’s performance across more than 130 statistical measures that AHRQ uses to evaluate health care performance.

Wisconsin is first in the nation, followed closely by Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The top ten performing states are all located in either the Northeast or Midwest. Wisconsin ranked third highest in the nation last year and has only been out of the top three twice in the past decade.

“The AHRQ rankings are a national validation of what we know here; Wisconsin’s local and regional health systems are delivering some of the best care in the country,” according to Wisconsin Hospital Association President/CEO Eric Borgerding. “Across all care settings, in rural and urban communities, we are maintaining consistently high performance, while striving to set even higher standards of care. It is that combination of performance and commitment to be better that makes Wisconsin a perennial leader.”

“We know as we improve quality, we reduce health care costs and patient outcomes are better,” Borgerding said. “That helps ensure that Wisconsin will continue to be known for high-quality, high value care, which is an economic development asset in every part of the state.”

Click here for the full AHRQ report.