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Percent of Cancer Patients Seeing 10 or More Different Physicians during the Last Six Months of Life
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    Percent of Cancer Patients Seeing 10 or More Different Physicians during the Last Six Months of Life
    (Year: 2012; Region Levels: State)
    Alabama 52.5%
    Alaska 49.1%
    Arizona 67.5%
    Arkansas 45.1%
    California 59.7%
    Colorado 56.4%
    Connecticut 75.0%
    Delaware 69.2%
    District of Columbia 65.1%
    Florida 69.5%
    Georgia 59.0%
    Hawaii 51.6%
    Idaho 37.2%
    Illinois 62.4%
    Indiana 55.7%
    Iowa 48.6%
    Kansas 46.7%
    Kentucky 54.2%
    Louisiana 54.0%
    Maine 53.3%
    Maryland 68.2%
    Massachusetts 70.4%
    Michigan 65.3%
    Minnesota 53.6%
    Mississippi 51.9%
    Missouri 52.9%
    Montana 37.4%
    Nebraska 52.8%
    Nevada 64.5%
    New Hampshire 61.1%
    New Jersey 75.5%
    New Mexico 48.8%
    New York 71.9%
    North Carolina 60.6%
    North Dakota 49.3%
    Ohio 62.2%
    Oklahoma 45.1%
    Oregon 41.1%
    Pennsylvania 69.8%
    Rhode Island 65.7%
    South Carolina 57.1%
    South Dakota 49.1%
    Tennessee 58.0%
    Texas 58.3%
    Utah 45.2%
    Vermont 50.5%
    Virginia 66.4%
    Washington 54.1%
    West Virginia 51.8%
    Wisconsin 52.4%
    Wyoming 40.8%
    National Average 61.7%
    90th Percentile 69.8%
    50th Percentile 54.2%
    10th Percentile 45.1%
        • DENOMINATOR DEFINITION:
        • We identified a 20% sample of all Medicare beneficiaries who died between the ages of 66 and 99 years during the period 2003-07. Data for 2010-12 are based on a 100% sample of claims. We excluded beneficiaries without continuous Part A and Part B coverage in the last six months of life or who were enrolled in Medicare health maintenance organizations (i.e., Medicare Advantage). From these decedents, we identified those with poor prognosis cancer diagnoses on at least one hospital claim or at least two clinician visits in the last six months of life. We then categorized decedents into one of 26 cancer types based on their predominant cancer diagnosis using a modified Clinical Classification Software (CCS) approach; please see the Methods of our cancer report for details.

        • NUMERATOR DEFINITION:
        • Number of patients that saw 10 or more different physicians during the last six months of life. The number of physicians seen in the last six months of life is computed based on the Unique Provider Identification Number (UPIN) on the Part B claim.

        • ADJUSTMENTS:
        • Although all of these patients died of serious cancer, groups of patients across hospitals or regions may have differed by other characteristics such as the composition of age, sex or race. All rates are adjusted with the following patient level characteristics: age, race (black/non-black), sex, cancer type, and non-cancer chronic conditions.




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