Where does your state rank in physician access?
IRVING, Texas — As such convenient care options as retail clinics, telehealth services and urgent care clinics proliferate, physician search firm Merritt Hawkins has creaated its Physician Access Index, which ranks states based on 33 variables to show which have the best — and worst — access to physicians. The index shows that Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware and Maryland have the most positive physician access variables, while Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Oklahoma have the fewest.
“When it comes to accessing physicians, not all places or all patients are equal,” stated Mark Smith, president of Merritt Hawkins. “As the healthcare system evolves, there will be clear access 'haves' and access 'have-nots,' and the rankings reflects these imbalances.”
The index tracks such metrics as physicians per capita, the percentage of residents with health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid acceptance rates, household income and telehealth access, among others, on a state-by-state basis. Each state is given a score for each metric; these scores are added together, with lower scores meaning better physician access. For example, the top state, Massachusetts, has a total score of 442 points, whereas Oklahoma — the lowest-ranked state on the index — has a score of 1096.
But these scores only show an overview of a given state, Smith said, noting that other factors influence access within states. Though New York is ranked 11th best for physician access, it ranks 34th in percent of mental health care needs met. And New Mexico, which ranks 47th in the overall rankings, ranks sixth in patient encounters per capita in federally qualified health centers, which Merritt Hawkins said suggests a solid safety net for underserved patients.
“No state is without its challenges and strong points where physician access is concerned,” Smith said. “There are pockets of patients with poor physician access in highly ranked states and pockets of patients with good physician access in states with low rankings.”
The data, then, can bve used to show what challenges are facing states when it comes to healthcare access for their residents. Though issues like poverty and low per capita income are issues that won’t resolve overnight, Smith said that funding residency positions, and investing in such retention incentives as educational loan repayment could help with physician retention rates. Additionally, Smith said, states that haven't yet can work to reduce barriers to telehealth implementation, expand the practice parameters of NPs and PAs, and expand eligibility requirements for Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.
For more insights, see the infographic below.
Weis Markets Q3 sales up 4.1%
SUNBURY, Pa.- Weis Makets on Tuesday reported that sales for the third quarter of 2015 increased 4.1% to $711.9 million, while comparable store sales increased 4% compared to the third quarter in 2014.
For the 39-week period ended Sept. 26, 2015, the company's sales increased 3.9% to $2.1 billion while comparable store sales increased 3.9% compared to the same 39-week period ended September 27, 2014.
Weis Markets provided preliminary unaudited sales results for the third quarter ended Sept. 26 pending a full release of its third quarter results following a review and analysis of self-insurance reserves to determine if any adjustments to its historical financial statements are necessary. The company expects to file its quarterly report on Form 10-Q prior to Dec. 1, 2015.
While researching alternative methods to calculate retained claim liability for the company's self-insured workers compensation and general liability insurance programs, it was determined that adjustments would be necessary to the prior application of actuarial methods used to estimate the obligation of future payments resulting from claims due to past events.
Ahold USA’s new produce format delivering Q3 results
ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold's third-quarter same-store sales in the United States excluding gas were up 1.8%, reflecting an improved customer proposition the company reported Wednesday.
Total third quarter net sales of $5.6 billion were up 16.6%. Excluding gas, net sales at constant exchange rates were 0.8% higher than last year, while reported identical sales growth excluding gas was 0.4%.
Ahold continues to roll-out its new produce department format, launching it to another 149 stores during the quarter, bringing the total to 316 stores. "We are starting to see really encouraging results," Jeff Carr, Ahold CFO, reported in the above video (he starts talking about U.S. operations at about the 2' mark).
And Ahold's online grocer Peapod achieved double-digit sales growth with improved capacity usage at its newest distribution facility.
On July 20, Stop & Shop New York Metro entered into a conditional agreement to acquire stores from A&P. On Oct. 8, all conditions had been met and Ahold commenced the purchase of the 25 stores. The conversion of the stores is ongoing, with the final group of stores expected to be converted in mid-November.
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