FTE Physician Labor Inputs per 1,000 Decedents, by Interval Before Death and Specialty
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    FTE Physician Labor Inputs per 1,000 Decedents, by Interval Before Death and Specialty
    (Interval Before Death: Last Six Months of Life; Specialty: Overall; Year: 2014; Region Levels: State)
    Alabama 11.8
    Alaska 8.7
    Arizona 15.1
    Arkansas 11.1
    California 16.0
    Colorado 10.2
    Connecticut 13.4
    Delaware 13.2
    District of Columbia 14.1
    Florida 17.4
    Georgia 11.9
    Hawaii 12.0
    Idaho 7.1
    Illinois 15.1
    Indiana 11.5
    Iowa 8.2
    Kansas 10.2
    Kentucky 11.8
    Louisiana 12.1
    Maine 8.0
    Maryland 13.2
    Massachusetts 12.5
    Michigan 14.3
    Minnesota 8.6
    Mississippi 11.1
    Missouri 11.2
    Montana 7.0
    Nebraska 9.6
    Nevada 17.9
    New Hampshire 9.4
    New Jersey 19.2
    New Mexico 9.5
    New York 16.3
    North Carolina 10.4
    North Dakota 8.4
    Ohio 12.7
    Oklahoma 10.4
    Oregon 7.6
    Pennsylvania 13.4
    Rhode Island 11.4
    South Carolina 10.8
    South Dakota 8.3
    Tennessee 11.2
    Texas 14.3
    Utah 7.8
    Vermont 8.1
    Virginia 12.0
    Washington 9.1
    West Virginia 11.6
    Wisconsin 9.2
    Wyoming 8.8
    National Average 13.1
    90th Percentile 16.0
    50th Percentile 11.2
    10th Percentile 8.0
        • FOOTNOTES:
        • Primary care physicians include those specializing in family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics. Medical specialists include those specializing in immunology, cardiology, critical care, dermatology, emergency medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, physical medicine/rehabilitation, pulmonology, radiation oncology, rheumatology and osteopathic medicine.

        • 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.

        • Physician FTEs are derived from Part B claims by summing the specialty-specific work relative value units (RVUs) and dividing by the average annual number of work RVUs produced by that specialty.

        • 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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