QuickStats: Percentage of Office-Based Primary Care Physicians Accepting New Patients, by Source of Payment Accepted

July 24, 2017

Overall, 88.9% of primary care physicians reported that they accepted new patients.

However, acceptance varied by the patient’s expected payment source: 94.2% of physicians accepting new patients accepted privately insured patients, 77.4% accepted new Medicare patients, and 71.6% accepted new Medicaid patients.

The percentages of primary care physicians accepting new Medicaid or Medicare patients were significantly lower than the percentage of primary care physicians accepting new privately insured patients.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6628a9.htm?

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AJPH Article and Podcast on Surveillance and Survey Methods

May 25, 2017

In the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), there is a new section called Surveillance and Survey Methods, authored by Denys Lau, PhD, Acting Director, Division of Health Care Statistics that will publish peer-reviewed articles that describe the latest designs and methodological novelties that established programs have adopted to improve data collection, analysis, and dissemination to meet public health surveillance objectives.

Surveillance and survey programs of interest range from those that gather data on major life events and disease onset and progression to those that track health care access, quality, and utilization over time.

In the inaugural issue, Ryne Paulose-Ram, NHANES’ Associate director for science and author of the feature Design Description article that provides an overview of the 2011–2018 NHANES, a flagship population survey conducted by NCHS, with an emphasis on the methodological changes made to oversample Asian Americans.

Since the 1970s, NHANES has monitored the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. Beginning in 2011, NHANES began oversampling Asian Americans to obtain sufficient sample sizes to produce reliable estimates for this subpopulation. The feature article, in a clear and standardized format, describes the design and methods used in NHANES to oversample Asian Americans.

The intent of this section is to publish significant, innovative work that will advance methods in data collection, analysis, and dissemination to meet public health surveillance objectives that will better guide actions and ultimately improve population health.

There is also a podcast interview from AJPH Editor-in-Chief Alfredo Morabia with Denys Lau and Ryne Paulose-Ram regarding this new section.


National Hospital Care Survey Demonstration Projects: Traumatic Brain Injury

July 27, 2016

A new report from NCHS examines traumatic brain injury (TBI) encounters in various hospital settings. While the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS) data used were not nationally representative, the results presented are consistent with previous research studies.

Analyses were conducted to highlight the tremendous analytical capabilities of NHCS, capabilities that have not been available before in previous surveys. New data elements such as intensive care use and diagnostic and physical services received, and the ability to link individuals in NHCS across hospital settings are used in the analyses.

Findings:

  • Males have more TBI encounters than females across the inpatient, Emergency Department (ED), and Outpatient Department (OPD) settings and across all age groups.
  • Children under age 15 comprise most ED visits for TBI.
  • Adults aged 65 and over accounted for most TBI hospitalizations.
  • Falls were the most common cause of TBI encounters.

 


Report examines racial differences in nursing homes

December 2, 2009

In 2004, 11% of the 1.3 million nursing home residents aged 65 and over in the United States were black. Recent research suggests that black nursing home residents may be more likely than residents of other races to reside in facilities that have serious deficiencies, such as low staffing ratios and greater financial vulnerability. The National Center for Health Statistics released a report today examining differences observed between elderly black nursing home residents and residents of other races in functioning and resident-centered care. The chart below features one of the findings in the report:

For more, visit the report at www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db25.pdf.


Outpatient surgeries increase in the U.S.

January 28, 2009

The number of outpatient surgery visits in the United States increased from 1996 to 2006, from 20.8 million to 34.7 million visits. Outpatient surgery visits accounted for about one half of all surgery visits in 1996 but nearly two thirds of all surgery visits in 2006. A new report from NCHS, “Ambulatory Surgery in the United States, 2006,” contains the first data on outpatient surgery visits since 1996. The data were collected from 142 hospitals and 295 freestanding centers as part of the National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery (NSAS).

Highlights:

•Females had significantly more ambulatory surgery visits (20 million) than males (14.7 million).

•The procedures performed most often during outpatient surgery visits included endoscopies of the large intestine (5.8 million) and small intestine (3.5 million) and extraction of lens for cataract surgery (3.1 million).

•The leading diagnosis for outpatient surgery visits was cataract, with 3 million visits, followed by benign tumor (neoplasm) with 2 million visits and malignant tumor with 1.2 million visits.

     


Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

November 19, 2007

New report shows EMR are being used by more office-based physicians than ever. In 2006, 29.2 % of office-based physicians reported using full or partial EMR systems, this shows an increase of 22% since 2005 and 60% increase since 2001.

See full report here!