By Julian Pecquet - 03/14/12 02:36 PM EDT
According to a summary of the report:
• In California, the Santa Rosa area ranks in the top 10 percent of all local areas evaluated in the scorecard, while the Bakersfield area ranks in the bottom 25 percent;
• In Illinois, Bloomington ranks in the top 25 percent overall while Chicago ranks in the bottom half, pulled down by high rates of people without health insurance, high costs and high rates of potentially avoidable hospital use;
• In Kentucky, there was a 27-percentage-point difference between the best and worst areas when it came to making sure people with diabetes received tests for managing their disease effectively (61 percent in Covington vs. 34 percent in Lexington);
• In Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, there was nearly a 20-percentage-point difference between local areas with the highest and lowest rates of hospitalization of nursing home residents;
• The incidence of unsafe medication prescribing for the elderly was four times higher in Alexandria, La., (44 percent) than in the Bronx and White Plains, N.Y. (11 percent); and
• The proportion of women and men age 50 or older who received recommended preventive care, including screening for cancer, was more than twice as high in the best-performing area than in the worst-performing area (59 percent in Arlington, Va., versus 26 percent in Abilene, Texas).