Patient Access to Physicians: Where Does Virginia Rank?

Where does Virginia rank relative to other states when it comes to patient access to physicians? That question is put in perspective with a new data resource from Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm, and a VHHA Shared Services’ endorsed physician search provider. Merritt Hawkins’ Physician Access Index ranking system tracks nearly three dozen metrics that influence patient access to physicians, physician assistants (PA), and nurse practitioners (NP) in each state. Virginia is ranked 19th overall out of 50 states for patient access. The Commonwealth received high ratings for its policies promoting telehealth, and for having a relatively high per capita income. However, Virginia has less positive ratings in other areas, such as percent of medical residents retained by the state (40th overall). In addition, relatively few physicians in Virginia accept Medicare and Medicaid. Merritt Hawkins Physician Access Index offers a new informational resource VHHA members may find useful. VHHA members who would like a complete copy of this resource are welcome to call or email Merritt Hawkins Vice President of Strategic Alliances Kurt Mosley for Merritt Hawkins (a company of AMN Healthcare) at kurt.mosley@amnhealthcare.com or at 469-524-1446.