Average physician visits per chronically-ill patient, last six months of life.

Hospital Visits
Alhambra Hospital Medical Center 123.7
Pacific Alliance Medical Center 110.6
Brotman Medical Center 92.3
San Gabriel Valley Med Ctr 87.8
St. Francis Medical Center 82.7
St. Mary Medical Center 82.1
Anaheim General Hospital 81.9
Hollywood Presbyterian Med Ctr 80.9
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 79.3
Glendale Adventist Med Ctr 79.0
Downey Regional Medical Center 77.3
Doctors Hospital Medical Center 76.5
St. Vincent Medical Center 75.9
Citrus Valley Med Ctr-QV Campus 75.8
Fountain Valley Regional Hosp 74.5
Mission Community Hospital 69.8
White Memorial Medical Center 69.4
Beverly Hospital 69.0
Good Samaritan Hospital 68.4
St. John's Health Center 68.3
Memorial Hospital of Gardena 67.9
Irvine Regional Hosp & Med Ctr 67.5
Citrus Valley Med Ctr-IC Campus 66.7
Garden Grove Hosp & Med Ctr 65.9
Glendale Mem Hosp & Health Ctr 65.6
Northridge Hosp Med Ctr 65.0
San Antonio Community Hospital 64.6
Encino-Tarzana Regional Med Ctr 64.5
Los Alamitos Medical Center 64.3
Chino Valley Medical Center 63.2
Simi Valley Hosp & Health Care 62.3
Lakewood Regional Medical Center 61.8
Providence St. Joseph Center 61.6
Coastal Communities Hospital 61.2
Huntington Memorial Hospital 61.2
Long Beach Memorial Med Ctr 61.0
California Hosp Med Ctr 60.1
Encino-Tarzana Regional Med Ctr 60.1
Valley Presbyterian Hospital 59.4
Providence Holy Cross Med Ctr 58.9
Methodist Hosp of Southern CA 58.7
Sherman Oaks Hosp & Health Ctr 58.2
Pomona Valley Hosp Med Ctr 58.2
Pacific Hospital of Long Beach 58.0
Anaheim Memorial Medical Center 57.6
Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center 55.3
Seton Medical Center 54.0
Corona Regional Medical Center 53.8
West Hills Hosp & Med Ctr 53.6
Hoag Memorial Hosp Presbyterian 53.3
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center 52.9
St. John's Regional Med Ctr 51.9
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hosp 51.6
Verdugo Hills Hospital 51.0
West Anaheim Medical Center 50.8
Huntington Beach Hospital 50.5
Parkview Community Hosp Med Ctr 50.4
Paradise Valley Hospital 50.1
St. Jude Medical Center 49.4
Antelope Valley Hospital 49.0
ValleyCare Medical Center 48.9
Mission Hospital 48.5
Community Hosp of San Bernardino 48.2
Los Robles Hosp & Med Ctr 48.0
San Joaquin Community Hospital 47.3
St. Mary's Medical Center 47.2
St. Francis Memorial Hospital 46.7
Saddleback Memorial Med Ctr 46.5
Chinese Hospital 46.2
Lancaster Community Hospital 46.1
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center 45.3
Prov-Little Company of Mary 44.2
Presbyterian Intercommunity Hosp 44.1
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center 44.1
St. Rose Hospital 43.8
San Ramon Regional Med Ctr 43.6
St. Bernardine Medical Center 43.4
Placentia-Linda Hospital 42.9
Foothill Presbyterian Hospital 42.7
UC Irvine Med Ctr 42.3
Hemet Valley Medical Center 42.2
St. Joseph Hospital 42.1
Scripps Mercy Hospital 41.9
San Pedro Peninsula Hospital 41.7
O'Connor Hospital 41.6
St. John's Pleasant Valley Hosp 41.4
Desert Regional Medical Center 41.3
Torrance Memorial Medical Center 40.8
Bakersfield Heart Hospital 40.7
Riverside Community Hospital 40.4
John Muir Medical Center 40.1
Mercy Hospital 39.9
St. Helena Hospital 39.5
Alta Bates Summ Med Ctr-Berkeley 39.3
El Centro Regional Med Ctr 39.1
Eisenhower Medical Hospital 38.8
Scripps Memorial Hosp-La Jolla 38.3
Regional Med Ctr of San Jose 38.1
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital 38.0
California Pacific Med Ctr 38.0
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hosp 37.9
Delano Regional Medical Center 37.7
Alta Bates Summ Med Ctr-Oakland 36.8
Community Memorial Hospital 36.6
Washington Health Care District 36.3
St. Mary Medical Center 36.3
Mercy Medical Center Merced 36.2
Sharp Grossmont Hospital 36.1
Menifee Valley Medical Center 36.0
City of Hope National Med Ctr 35.9
John Muir Medical Center 35.9
South Coast Medical Center 35.8
Sutter Delta Medical Center 35.6
Madera Community Hospital 35.5
Mills-Peninsula Health Services 35.3
Doctors Medical Center 35.3
San Leandro Hospital 35.2
Sharp Memorial Hospital 34.8
Rancho Springs Medical Center 33.9
Community Hospital of Los Gatos 33.5
St. Joseph's Medical Center 33.2
Sequoia Hospital 32.6
Salinas Valley Mem Hlthcare Sys 32.3
Scripps Memorial Hosp-Encinitas 31.9
Enloe Medical Center 31.9
Sutter Solano Medical Center 31.8
Memorial Hospitals Association 31.7
Dameron Hospital 31.6
St. Luke's Hospital 31.6
Scripps Green Hospital 31.3
UCSF Medical Center 30.8
Loma Linda University Med Ctr 30.8
Queen of the Valley Hospital 30.7
Marin General Hospital 30.4
Sutter Roseville Medical Center 30.4
Alameda Hospital 30.3
Good Samaritan Hospital 30.1
Feather River Hospital 30.1
El Camino Hospital 30.0
Sierra Vista Regional Med Ctr 29.9
NorthBay Medical Center 29.7
Comm Hosp Monterey Peninsula 29.6
St. Louise Regional Hospital 29.3
Pioneers Memorial Hlthcare Dist 29.1
Kaweah Delta Health Care Dist 28.8
Pomerado Hospital 28.6
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital 28.6
St. Agnes Medical Center 28.5
NorthBay VacaValley Hospital 28.4
Barstow Community Hospital 28.3
Doctors Medical Center 28.3
Rideout Memorial Hospital 28.3
Mercy General Hospital 28.3
Mercy San Juan Medical Center 28.2
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital 28.2
Twin Cities Community Hospital 28.0
Palomar Medical Center 27.8
Sutter Medical Center 27.7
Sierra View District Hospital 27.5
UC San Diego Med Ctr 27.4
Dominican Hospital 27.3
Tulare Local Health Care Dist 27.0
Novato Community Hospital 26.9
Hanford Community Medical Center 26.6
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital 26.5
Doctors Hospital of Manteca 26.5
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital 26.3
Hi-Desert Medical Center 26.2
Sutter Tracy Community Hospital 26.2
Eden Medical Center 26.2
Community Medical Center-Clovis 26.1
Desert Valley Hospital 26.0
UC Davis Med Ctr 25.8
Community Medical Center 25.8
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital 25.4
Emanuel Medical Center 25.1
Methodist Hospital of Sacramento 24.9
Ridgecrest Regional Hospital 24.8
Marshall Medical Center 24.7
Mercy Medical Center Redding 24.6
Lodi Memorial Hospital 24.5
Tri-City Medical Center 24.1
Stanford Hospital and Clinics 23.8
Sutter Medical Center 23.7
Marian Medical Center 23.7
Mercy Hospital of Folsom 23.5
Watsonville Community Hospital 23.5
Mad River Community Hospital 23.3
Mendocino Coast District Hosp 23.3
Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital 22.8
Petaluma Valley Hospital 22.7
French Hospital Medical Center 22.6
Sutter Lakeside Hospital 22.3
Barton Memorial Hospital 22.2
Santa Clara Valley Med Ctr 21.7
Oroville Hospital 21.6
Sutter Amador Hospital 21.1
Redlands Community Hospital 20.9
St. Joseph Hospital 20.3
St. Elizabeth Community Hospital 20.1
Ukiah Valley Medical Center 20.0
Sonoma Valley Hospital 19.9
Redbud Community Hospital 19.6
Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital 19.1
Redwood Memorial Hospital 18.9
Sonora Regional Medical Center 18.9
Woodland Healthcare 18.2
San Francisco Gen Hosp Med Ctr 18.0

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At a time when the national debt is ballooning and the Obama administration is pushing a massive expansion of medical care, policymakers are searching for ways to curb the high cost of healthcare.

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About the data

The data were drawn from traditional, fee-for-service Medicare claims submitted on behalf of 4.7 million Medicare patients, aged 67 to 99, who died between 2001 and 2005. (Medicare Managed Care claims were not included.)

Hospitals with a statistically insignificant number of deaths among its Medicare population were not included.
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