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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)
    New Jersey 13.7
    Connecticut 13.0
    Florida 12.5
    Delaware 12.5
    New York 12.4
    Massachusetts 12.0
    Pennsylvania 11.9
    Nevada 11.6
    Maryland 11.6
    Michigan 11.4
    District of Columbia 11.3
    Illinois 11.3
    Arizona 11.2
    Virginia 11.1
    Rhode Island 11.1
    Ohio 10.6
    North Carolina 10.1
    Georgia 10.1
    Texas 10.1
    New Hampshire 10.0
    Tennessee 9.9
    Kentucky 9.9
    South Carolina 9.8
    California 9.7
    Indiana 9.6
    Louisiana 9.4
    Missouri 9.3
    Colorado 9.2
    West Virginia 9.2
    Mississippi 9.0
    Minnesota 8.8
    Nebraska 8.8
    Washington 8.7
    Alabama 8.7
    Kansas 8.5
    Arkansas 8.5
    Maine 8.5
    Wisconsin 8.4
    New Mexico 8.2
    Hawaii 8.2
    Oklahoma 8.1
    Vermont 8.0
    Alaska 7.7
    North Dakota 7.7
    Iowa 7.6
    South Dakota 7.5
    Wyoming 7.3
    Oregon 7.2
    Utah 6.9
    Montana 6.7
    Idaho 6.4
    National Average 10.5
    90th Percentile 12.4
    50th Percentile 9.4
    10th Percentile 7.3
        • FOOTNOTES:
        • DENOMINATOR DEFINITION:
        • 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.

        • NUMERATOR DEFINITION:
        • 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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