Rhode Island

Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking15-2
Access and Affordability5+2
Prevention and Treatment9+3
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost29-4
Healthy Lives12+6
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)Yes


Rhode IslandAverage
Total Population1,042,379322,324,172
Median Household Income$74,361$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)27%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic71%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic6%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic7%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity16%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Adults without a usual source of care
  • Uninsured children

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Home health patients with a hospital admission
  • Diabetic adults without an annual hemoglobin A1c test
  • Primary care spending as share of total, age 65 and older

Most Improved Indicators

  • Adults with any mental illness who did not receive treatment
  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI)

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Adults without all recommended vaccines
  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
  • Preventable hospitalizations ages 18–64

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains Rhode Island Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the New England regionGains for Rhode Island
15,18115,181more adults and children would be insured
33,56125,170fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
14,70014,700more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
1,4421,442more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
22,96412,283fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
145116fewer 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).