Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking44+6
Access and Affordability40+3
Prevention and Treatment44+3
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost48+2
Healthy Lives46+3
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)Yes


Total Population4,555,551322,324,172
Median Household Income$51,263$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)40%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic59%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic32%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic4%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity5%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Adults with inappropriate lower back imaging
  • Uninsured children
  • Alcohol deaths

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Elderly patients who received a high-risk prescription drug
  • Medicare spending per beneficiary
  • Employee insurance costs as a share of median income

Most Improved Indicators

  • Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI)
  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Home health patients without improved mobility

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Employee insurance costs as a share of median income
  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Adults without all recommended vaccines

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains Louisiana Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Southeast regionGains for Louisiana
238,841107,814more adults and children would be insured
276,85169,213fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
103,0390more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
10,6678,001more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
175,78795,025fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
2,9201,807fewer premature deaths (before age 75) would occur from causes that are potentially treatable or preventable with timely and appropriate care

Estimated impact if this state’s performance improved to the rate of two benchmark levels — a national benchmark set at the level of the best-performing state and a regional benchmark set at the level of the top-performing state in region (www.bea.gov: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, West). Benchmark states have an estimated impact of zero (0).