There was a 3.8% increase in FFS providers between SFY 2008 and 2009, continuing a 10 year trend.
- 4.1% increase in primary care providers (PCP)
- 3.5% increase in specialty care providers (SCP)
Although the number of FFS providers continues to increase, it is not enough to meet caseload increases (chart ProvidersPer1000). In SFY 2009, there was a:
- 2.8% decrease in providers per 1,000 FFS clients
- 2.5% decrease in PCPs per 1,000 FFS clients
- 3.1% decrease in SCPs per 1,000 FFS clients
Twenty-five percent of the FFS providers are responsible for almost 72% of all office visits (chart Top Quartile). This trend has not changed very much over the past 8 years and may indicate that safety net providers such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are providing most of the care. The revised measure that is currently in development is designed to capture FQHCs as a distinct category of service provider to help us understand this trend.