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Head Count

1. The number of persons in a given group.

2. The act of counting said persons.
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A simple head count of 155,729 physicians listed as family physicians or general internists in the 2007 AMA Master--file in several designated geographic service areas.
As the researchers suspected, the use of a simple head count of primary care physicians yielded a "modest" association between the number of primary caregivers and improved patient outcomes, including lower mortality rates.
Major Finding: A measure of "primary-care physician ambulatory care clinical effort" was more accurate than a simple head count of primary care physicians, and it showed a much stronger association between increased primary care provided in a geographical area and lower rates of mortality and preventable hospitalizations in that area.
The total rural and urban estimated generalist head counts for a single provider type is calculated (equation 1):
The use of head counts of providers to assess the supply of visits available to a population is inherently inaccurate.
Figure 1: Generalist Head Counts and FTEs, by Provider Type, Washington State, 1998-1999 Unadjusted Estimated Head counts - No Head counts - with imputation imputation FTEs MD/Dos 4124 4189 2781 NPs 442 699 330 PAs 485 581 411 Note: Table made from pie graph.
These estimates are improvements over those based on unadjusted head counts because they are based on actual productivity data (when available, and imputed estimates when not available) and actual differences in specialty distribution.
The results of this study indicate strongly that simple provider head counts are likely to result in severe overestimates of available care.
Figure 1: Generalist Head Counts and FTEs, by Provider Type, Washington State, 1998-1999 MD/DOs NPs PAs Unadjusted head counts--no imputation 4124 442 485 Estimated head counts--with imputation 4189 699 581 FTEs 2781 330 411 Note: Table made from Bar Graph Table 3: Active Identified and Imputed Generalist Providers by Rural/ Urban Location in Washington State, 1998-1999 Generalist MD/ Generalist Generalist Total DOs Count (%) NPs Count (%) PAs Count (%) Count (%) Rural 811.
Using the procedure described above (equation 1), unadjusted head count data were evaluated and a revised, estimated head count for each provider type was calculated.
IMMs are especially useful for startups that are trying to scale very rapidly with no head count," said Steve Silver, vice president of commercial sales for Denver-based USA.
With McKinley's IMMs, you don't have to put a permanent head count in place.