The Healthy Marketplace Index is a series of metrics that measure the economic performance of health care markets across the country. The HMI was developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
A price index larger than 1.0 indicates health care markets with higher than average prices. Health care markets with lower than average prices had index values less than 1.0.
A utilization index greater than 1.0 suggests more high-priced services were used in a given health care market relative to the mix of services used in the total population. In health care markets where more lower cost services were used, relative to the total population, the utilization index values was less than 1.0.