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MCIC Data Reveals National PHO Penetration Trends

Manasquan, N.J. -- Almost two thirds of the nation's physician hospital organizations (PHOs) are located in only 15 states, according to data collected and verified by The Managed Care Information Center for the second edition its "National Directory of Physician Organizations."

In a typical PHO, physicians and hospitals have equal ownership in an entity that provides a broad array of provider services to managed care organizations, as well as managed care contracting services.

"This analysis of PHO penetration is just one example of how the data included in MCIC's 'National Directory of Physician Organizations' can be used to reveal market trends and industry statistics," said Gwen Lareau, special projects director at MCIC. "Our research shows about 64.3 percent of the more than 900 PHOs included in the Directory were located in only 15 states. In addition none of these top 15 states were located in the Mountain or Pacific regions of the nation."

The top 15 states -- ranked according to total number of PHOs -- are highlighted in the chart below.

State # of PHOs
Texas 86
Illinois 63
Pennsylvania 54
Ohio 48
Georgia 44
Indiana 41
New York 40
Florida 36
Michigan 34
Louisiana 28
Missouri 24
New Jersey 22
Massachusetts 21
North Carolina 21
Tennessee 21

The National Directory of Physician Organizations details more than 900 PHOs nationwide. Each PHO profile includes names and titles of key executives, number of associated physicians, state of incorporation, market area, PHO functions, affiliated hospitals and the management services organization (MSO) associated with the PHO. Other physician organizations profiled are independent practice associations (IPAs), physician practice management companies (PPMs) and primary care networks.

The National Directory of Physician Organizations is indexed 8 ways by each of the seven executive titles; PHO organization name; IPA organization name; MSO name; and affiliated/participating hospitals all cross-referenced to their detailed profiles for easy reference.

The National Directory of Physician Organizations, available in print and electronic formats, offers information on more than 3,100 physician organizations. For more information on The National Directory of Physician Organizations, contact The Managed Care Information Center, Dept. PR1100, P.O. Box 456, Allenwood, NJ 08720; (888) 84306242, fax (888) 329-6242, e-mail, or go to the Publications section of MCIC's Web site,

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