73 facts and statistics on ENT and ASCs

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Here are 73 statistics on otolaryngology, otolaryngologists and ENT in ASCs.

Otolaryngologist statistics

1. Total number of otolaryngologists practicing in the U.S.: 12,6091
2. Fully practicing otolaryngologists: 10,800
3. Training otolaryngologists: 2,087
4. Projected otolaryngologist workforce in 2025: 12,084
5. Attrition rate: 306 otolaryngologists per year
6. Otolaryngologists in metropolitan areas: 5,961 (61.8 percent)2
7. Counties without an otolaryngologists in practice: 2,064 (65.7 percent)
8. Women otolaryngologists: 15 percent
9. Practicing in the same area where they completed medical school: 19.5 percent
10. Remaining in the same area where they completed their residency: 25.9 percent
11. Physician office practice: 53.8 percent3
12. Academic practice: 26.7 percent
13. Hospital or health system: 14.7 percent
14. Off-campus, provider-based hospital department: 1.7 percent
15. Government: 1.6 percent
16. Other: 1.6 percent

ASC statistics

17. Otolaryngology case volume as a percent of total cases: 9 percent4
18. Net revenue per case: $2,492
19. 25th percentile of net revenue per case: $1,790
20. Median net revenue per case: $2,492
21. 75th percentile net revenue per case: $3,589
22. 90th percentile net revenue per case: $4,886

Primary specializations

23. General otolaryngology: 52.8 percent3
24. Pediatric otolaryngology: 9.5 percent
25. Head and neck cancer: 7.6 percent
26. Rhinology: 7.5 percent
27. Otolaryngology/neurotology: 10.5 percent
28. Facial plastics: 3.9 percent
29. Other: 8.2 percent

Visit statistics

30. Patients younger than 15: 20 percent1
31. 15 to 24 year olds: 7 percent
32. 25 to 44 year olds: 21 percent
33. 45 to 64 year olds: 32 percent
34. 65 to 74 year olds: 11 percent
35. 75 years or older: 10 percent
36. New visits: 34 percent
37. Chronic visits: 29 percent
38. Chronic visits with exacerbation: 17percent
39. Pre- or postsurgical follow-up: 15 percent
40. Private payers: 59 percent
41. Medicare: 19 percent
42. Medicaid/CHIP: 12 percent
43. Top diagnoses: otitis media, chronic sinusitis, impacted cerumen
44. Single specialty otolaryngologists: 54.3 percent3
45. Multispecialty with primary and specialty care: 33 percent
46. Multispecialty with specialty care only: 7 percent
47. Single specialty and other: 5.7 percent

Procedures per practice setting

48. Hospital-outpatient department procedures: 33.8 percent3
49. Office procedures: 26.2 percent
50. ASC: 23.1 percent
51. Hospital-inpatient procedures: 15.2 percent
52. Emergency room at a hospital: 1.5 percent
53. Other setting: 0.2 percent

EHR vendor

54. EpicCare: 29.9 percent3
55. Allscripts Enterprise: 12.7 percent
56. EClinicalWorks: 6 percent
57. NextGen Ambulatory: 6.1 percent
58. Centrocity: 6 percent
59. Allmeds: 4.8 percent
60. Other: 34.5 percent

Full time employee practice support staff

61. Audiologist: more than 4.5 FTE3
62. Billing/collections staff: 2
63. General/administrative staff: more than 3
64. Independent contractors: 0.5
65. Medical record clerks: more than 0.5
66. Nurse practitioner: 0.5
67. Otolaryngology technicians: between 0 and 0.5
68. Physician assistants: 0.5
69. Practice business managers: more than 0.5
70. Receptionist: almost 3
71. Registered nurse: almost 1.5
72. Speech-language pathologists: less than 0.5
73. Transcribers: less than 1

References:
1. Data from “Otolaryngology workforce analysis.” Laryngoscope, Dec. 2016.

2. Data from “Geographic distribution of otolaryngologists in the United States.” ENT Journal, Jan. 2016.

3. Data From “American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery: 13th Socieoeconomic Survey, May 2014.”

4. Data From VMG Health “2016 Intellimarker Multi-Specialty ASC Study.”

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