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Specialties Ranked by Intensity of Office Visits

Office visits are reimbursed on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most intensive and costly. Here’s the breakdown of office visits for the largest specialties (for patients seen at least once before).

By Level 5 Visits
By Top Specialties
The bigger the slice, the higher percentage of office visits at that level. Hover over each slice to see more detail.

Arranged by specialties with highest % of level 5 visits.

Arranged by specialties with most services performed.

Medicare Payments by State

State Payments
National $90.3B
California $9.23B
Florida $8.59B
Texas $6.49B
New York $6.09B
New Jersey $4.08B
Illinois $3.8B
Pennsylvania $3.61B
North Carolina $3.03B
Michigan $3.01B
Ohio $2.83B
Georgia $2.61B
Virginia $2.4B
Maryland $2.24B
Tennessee $2.2B
Massachusetts $2.16B
Arizona $1.95B
Indiana $1.8B
Alabama $1.75B
Missouri $1.66B
South Carolina $1.61B
Washington $1.54B
Louisiana $1.36B
Kentucky $1.21B
Connecticut $1.2B
Wisconsin $1.14B
Colorado $1.05B
Oklahoma $1.02B
Kansas $882M
Arkansas $875M
Mississippi $838M
Minnesota $812M
Nevada $792M
Iowa $762M
Oregon $697M
Nebraska $540M
West Virginia $482M
Utah $480M
Delaware $380M
Maine $365M
New Hampshire $352M
New Mexico $349M
Rhode Island $292M
Idaho $237M
Montana $209M
South Dakota $208M
District of Columbia $203M
Hawaii $202M
North Dakota $166M
Puerto Rico $134M
Alaska $134M
Vermont $134M
Wyoming $114M
Guam $12.6M
Virgin Islands $11.9M

Additonal design & development:

Sisi Wei and Mike Tigas

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Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Plan and Provider Enumeration System, American Medical Association

Services that begin with a letter come from CMS. All other codes and descriptions of the medical procedures are from the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set, copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. Where practical, AMA’s consumer friendly translation of the CPT descriptor was used. ProPublica has received permission from the AMA to use these codes on this site.

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