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New York State places 13th in two health care rankings

Michael Fricchione reacts as he gets the flu

Michael Fricchione reacts as he gets the flu shot at Nassau University Medical Center on Nov. 19, 2015. Immunization rates were one of the measures considered by The United Health Foundation report. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

New York has been placed 13th nationwide in two separate health rankings.

In the 26th America’s Health Rankings Annual Report, New York went from 14th last year to 13th overall. The report, published Thursday by The United Health Foundation, a nonprofit established by UnitedHealth Group, examined 32 measures ranging from behaviors such as smoking to violent crime to immunization rates to chronic diseases and used 2011-2014 data.

In its fourth state health care scorecard released Wednesday, the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund similarly ranked New York 13th nationwide, tied with Nebraska. Last year, New York was 19th in the report.

Using 2012-2014 data, the Commonwealth Fund looked at 42 indicators, such as hospital readmissions, percentage of uninsured adults and children and the percentage of those who received recommended preventive care.

The United Health Foundation report found that New York’s strengths included high per capita public health funding (third highest in the country), a low premature death rate (fifth) and low prevalence of smoking (fourth). The ratio of primary care physicians was fifth nationwide. However, the state scored low in physical activity and rate of high school graduation (40th nationwide in both) and in the disparity in health status by education level (37th).

In the Commonwealth Fund report, the state improved from last year in eight areas, including the percentage of adults with insurance — attributable to the Affordable Care Act — the death rate among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia and the smoking rate among adults. However, in one area, the percentage of adults who were obese grew last year, although the state still ranked 10th overall.

Despite the apparent differences in what the two reports examined, they came to remarkably similar results. In the Commonwealth Fund report, Minnesota ranked first nationwide followed by Vermont, Hawaii and Massachusetts. Mississippi came in last, preceded by Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

In the United Health Foundation report, Hawaii was first, followed by Vermont, Massachusetts and Minnesota. Louisiana was ranked least healthy, preceded by Mississippi, Arkansas and West Virginia.

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