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)
    New Jersey 19.2
    Nevada 17.9
    Florida 17.4
    New York 16.3
    California 16.0
    Arizona 15.1
    Illinois 15.1
    Texas 14.3
    Michigan 14.3
    District of Columbia 14.1
    Pennsylvania 13.4
    Connecticut 13.4
    Delaware 13.2
    Maryland 13.2
    Ohio 12.7
    Massachusetts 12.5
    Louisiana 12.1
    Hawaii 12.0
    Virginia 12.0
    Georgia 11.9
    Kentucky 11.8
    Alabama 11.8
    West Virginia 11.6
    Indiana 11.5
    Rhode Island 11.4
    Tennessee 11.2
    Missouri 11.2
    Mississippi 11.1
    Arkansas 11.1
    South Carolina 10.8
    Oklahoma 10.4
    North Carolina 10.4
    Kansas 10.2
    Colorado 10.2
    Nebraska 9.6
    New Mexico 9.5
    New Hampshire 9.4
    Wisconsin 9.2
    Washington 9.1
    Wyoming 8.8
    Alaska 8.7
    Minnesota 8.6
    North Dakota 8.4
    South Dakota 8.3
    Iowa 8.2
    Vermont 8.1
    Maine 8.0
    Utah 7.8
    Oregon 7.6
    Idaho 7.1
    Montana 7.0
    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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