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Explore the details of Medicare’s 2013 payments to individual doctors and other health professionals serving the 49 million seniors and disabled in its Part B program. Part B covers services as varied as office visits, ambulance mileage, lab tests, and the doctor’s fee for open-heart surgery. Use this tool to find and compare providers. | Related story »

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 $89B
California $9.09B
Florida $8.57B
Texas $6.34B
New York $6.05B
New Jersey $3.96B
Illinois $3.94B
Pennsylvania $3.59B
North Carolina $3.2B
Michigan $3.1B
Ohio $2.85B
Georgia $2.54B
Virginia $2.38B
Maryland $2.17B
Tennessee $2.15B
Massachusetts $2.11B
Arizona $1.86B
Indiana $1.79B
Missouri $1.65B
Alabama $1.63B
South Carolina $1.55B
Washington $1.5B
Kentucky $1.23B
Louisiana $1.17B
Connecticut $1.17B
Wisconsin $1.12B
Colorado $1000M
Oklahoma $952M
Kansas $858M
Arkansas $853M
Mississippi $819M
Minnesota $810M
Iowa $740M
Nevada $738M
Oregon $664M
Nebraska $516M
West Virginia $494M
Utah $466M
Maine $356M
Delaware $355M
New Mexico $337M
New Hampshire $335M
Rhode Island $286M
Idaho $227M
South Dakota $209M
Montana $208M
District of Columbia $202M
Hawaii $191M
North Dakota $162M
Puerto Rico $142M
Vermont $126M
Alaska $122M
Wyoming $107M
Guam $14.7M
Virgin Islands $11.5M

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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