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Volume 8: No. 5, September 2011

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Physician Visits and Colorectal Cancer Testing Among Medicare Enrollees in North Carolina and South Carolina, 2005

Type of Physician Seena Medicare Patients With Colorectal Cancer Test, %
Primary care, nonprimary care, and mixed specialty visits 50.6
Primary care and nonprimary care visits 43.9
Mixed specialty and nonprimary care visits 38.5
Primary care and mixed specialty visits 37.5
Primary care visits only 28.7
Mixed-specialty visits only 25.0
Nonprimary care visits only 23.9

Figure 1. Percentage of fee-for-service Medicare enrollees current with colorectal cancer testing, by physician type, seen by any physician, North Carolina and South Carolina, 2005.
a Physician categories: 1) primary care: internal medicine, family medicine, general practice, preventive medicine, geriatric medicine, obstetrician/gynecologists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants; 2) mixed specialty: physicians with more than 1 specialty listed, 1 of which was a primary care specialty; 3) nonprimary care: physicians with only nonprimary care specialties.

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Type of Primary Physician Seen Medicare Patients With Colorectal Cancer Test, %
Obstetrics and gynecology 46.6
Other (multiple specialties seen) 43.5
Internal medicine, preventive medicine, geriatrics 40.0
Physician assistant or nurse practitioner 29.9
Family and general practice 29.1

Figure 2. Percentage of fee-for-service North Carolina and South Carolina Medicare enrollees who were seen by primary care physicians in 2005 and were current with colorectal cancer testing, by primary care specialty.
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