New Interactive Tools Show Maryland in a Positive Light for Price and Some Health Indicators.

A new interactive mapping tool and accompanying issue brief, was released today by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It illuminates the dramatic variation in medical care prices for different categories of medical services within communities and across the country.

Inpatient prices in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland increased only 2.6 percent between 2012 and 2014 and had the lowest relative outpatient prices in the country.

The Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2017 Edition, assesses states on more than 40 indicators of health care access, quality, costs, and outcomes. Using this tool, you can see that Maryland ranked 9th on dimensions of Access to Care but 28th on Avoidable Hospital Use and Costs and an abysmal 48th on Medicare 30-day hospital readmissions