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Economic Impact of Family Physicians
In addition to the health care services they provide, family physicians are significant generators of economic activity. Family physicians provide employment, purchase goods and services, and even generate income to other health care organizations, such as hospitals and nursing homes. A recent study by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies evaluated the impact of family physicians on a state-by-state basis. These figures do not account for a family physician’s contribution to the generation of income for other local health care organizations such as hospitals and nursing homes.
Below, download a PDF issue brief discussing the economic impact of family physicians in your state. The issue brief quantifies the economic impact of a single family physician, as well as the cumulative impact of all family physicians, in the state. These briefs also include a map of your state detailing health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) and where family physicians* generally are located in the state.**
(1-page PDF file; About PDFs)
** Physician practice location information was pulled from the AMA Masterfile. The Masterfile is the best available source of data representing the national physician workforce, but does have its limitations. Data is collected from licensing boards, associations and members (only 25 percent of those eligible), and does not always include the correct office address or status (direct patient care or administration and active or retired, for example). It also fails to capture all osteopathic physicians. Readers should look at the maps in these briefs for a global landscape of providers in their state and to gain an appreciation for the impact that this cohort of family physicians could have as an economic engine, not as a perfect representation of every individual physician.
Health Insurance Exchanges & Co-ops
2011-2012 State Legislation: Health Cooperatives (*PDF file)
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH)
2011 State Legislation: Medical Homes (*PDF file)
2009 – 2010 State Medical Home Legislation (*PDF file)
State Definitions of the Medical Home (*PDF file)
Other Emerging Issues
Medicaid FAQ for Patients (*PDF file)