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Primary Care Physicians Accepting Medicare: A Snapshot

Appendix Table 1: Share of Non-Pediatric Primary Care Physicians Accepting New and Current Medicare patients, by Provider and Practice Characteristics, 2015
Provider/practice characteristic Overall Accepts Medicare including NEW Medicare patients Accepts Medicare, but not taking new Medicare patients Does NOT accept Medicare patients Not applicable
Overall, unweighted N 1,257 72% 21% 2% 3%
PHYSICIAN DEMOGRAPHICS   
Provider Sex     
Male (R) 66% 73% 21% 2% 2%
Female 34% 70% 23% 3% 3%
Provider Age     
Under 55 (R) 55% 76% 19% 2% 2%
55 and older 44% 67%* 24% 3% 3%
Provider Race/ethnicity     
White (R) 65% 66% 26% 3% 2%
Asian 18% 83%* 15%* 0%* 2%
Black/ Hispanic/ other 15% 86%* 9%* 3% 2%
Practice type     
Independent office-based (R) 71% 72% 24% 2% 1%
Hospital-owned office-based 17% 76% 20% 0%* 2%
Walk-in retail clinic/other 6% 44%* 10%* 10% 28%
Community clinic/health center 6% 87%* 9%* 1% 3%
Area type     
City (R) 39% 72% 21% 2% 4%
Suburb 31% 72% 24% 2% 1%*
Small town 21% 69% 22% 3% 4%
Rural 9% 81%* 15% 3% 1%
Physician Specialty     
Family Practice (R) 50% 73% 22% 2% 1%
Internal Medicine 46% 73% 21% 2% 2%
Other 4%
Patient Caseload Characteristics  
Percent with Medicare     
0-24% 25% 66% 22% 6%* 5%*
25% to 49% 41% 75% 20% 1% 1%
50% or more (R) 32% 74% 23% 1% 1%
Percent African American     
0-24% (R) 81% 70% 22% 3% 3%
25% or more 17% 79%* 17% 1% 2%
Percent Hispanic     
0-24% (R) 82% 70% 23% 3% 2%
25% or more 15% 78%* 15% 2% 5%
Income     
Mostly low-income 18% 78% 15%* 1% 5%*
Mostly medium-income (R) 32% 70% 24% 2% 1%
Mixed income 46% 71% 22%* 3% 3%*
Mostly high-income 2%
NOTE: Statistically significant differences at the 95% confidence level are indicated by (*) from the applicable reference group, indicated by (R). Black/Hispanic/other includes primary care physicians who self-identify as Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, or of another race or multiple races. (–) indicates sample size too small to analyze. Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding and non-responses not shown.
SOURCE: The Kaiser Family Foundation/ Commonwealth Fund 2015 National Survey of Primary Care Providers
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