More Docs without Managed Care Contracts

The Center for Studying Health System Change released a report yesterday stating that “After remaining stable since the mid-1990s, the proportion of U.S. physicians without any managed care contracts rose from 9.2 percent in 2000-01 to 11.5 percent in 2004-05.”Compared with physicians with one or more managed care contracts, physicians without managed care contracts are more likely to have practiced for more than 20 years, work part time, lack board certification, practice solo or in two-physician groups, and live in the western United States, the study found.”

Tip of the hat to my journalist friend Theresa Defino for pointing out this interesting study.