Number of Different Physicians Seen per Decedent during the Last Six Months of Life
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    Number of Different Physicians Seen per Decedent during the Last Six Months of Life
    (Year: 2014; Region Levels: State)
    Alabama 8.7
    Alaska 7.7
    Arizona 11.2
    Arkansas 8.5
    California 9.7
    Colorado 9.2
    Connecticut 13.0
    Delaware 12.5
    District of Columbia 11.3
    Florida 12.5
    Georgia 10.1
    Hawaii 8.2
    Idaho 6.4
    Illinois 11.3
    Indiana 9.6
    Iowa 7.6
    Kansas 8.5
    Kentucky 9.9
    Louisiana 9.4
    Maine 8.5
    Maryland 11.6
    Massachusetts 12.0
    Michigan 11.4
    Minnesota 8.8
    Mississippi 9.0
    Missouri 9.3
    Montana 6.7
    Nebraska 8.8
    Nevada 11.6
    New Hampshire 10.0
    New Jersey 13.7
    New Mexico 8.2
    New York 12.4
    North Carolina 10.1
    North Dakota 7.7
    Ohio 10.6
    Oklahoma 8.1
    Oregon 7.2
    Pennsylvania 11.9
    Rhode Island 11.1
    South Carolina 9.8
    South Dakota 7.5
    Tennessee 9.9
    Texas 10.1
    Utah 6.9
    Vermont 8.0
    Virginia 11.1
    Washington 8.7
    West Virginia 9.2
    Wisconsin 8.4
    Wyoming 7.3
    National Average 10.5
    90th Percentile 12.4
    50th Percentile 9.4
    10th Percentile 7.3
        • FOOTNOTES:
        • Click here to read about changes in methods between the 2001-05 and 2003-07 analyses. The study population includes beneficiaries with one of nine chronic conditions who were enrolled in traditional (fee-for-service) Medicare and died during the measurement period. To allow for two years of follow-back for all patients, the population is restricted to those whose age on the date of death was 67 to 99 years, and to those having full Part A and Part B entitlement throughout the last two years of life. Persons enrolled in managed care organizations were excluded from the analysis. For the hospital-specific analyses, patients had to be hospitalized for chronic illness at least once during their last two years of life to be included. For regional analyses, all patients diagnosed with a chronic illness were included.

        • The number of unique physicians seen by individual patients in the last six months of life, computed based on the Unique Provider Identification Number (UPIN) on the Part B claim.

        • ADJUSTMENTS:
        • Rates are adjusted for age, sex, race, primary chronic condition, and the presence of more than one chronic condition using ordinary least squares regression.


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