As I was poking around the AHRQ website looking at funding opportunities I ran across a state specific health “dashboard” that highlighted some different findings. I’m used to seeing Alabama not fare well when compared to other states. This set of measures hit closer to home as they are looking at measures that are more specific to primary care. While we did very poorly on some measures (48th best in colon cancer deaths, 35th best in care for congestive heart failure), we also had a notable exceptional measure (7th in communication with providers for certain Medicare beneficiaries).

This is the healthcareometer from the site for Alabama. You can see that unfortunately we are doing measurably worse than we were at baseline. I hope our physician governor will challenge those of us involved in care delivery to shoot for “strong” or “very strong” when the next snapshot is taken.