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The top 25 physician groups reported an average of $224 million in Medicare payments through 2016, with a total of $5.6 billion in total payments. Internal medicine is the most common specialty type on the list, taking 11 of the 25 spots. This could be attributed to the wide range of therapy areas treated by internalists, leading to a greater volume of claims submitted to Medicare for reimbursement.

There was no significant correlation between location and Medicare payment. Physician groups from New York took 4 of the 25 spots, and California took 3. This is unsurprising, as these are two of the largest states by population and would have a higher patient volume than physician groups in other states.

Top 25 Physician Groups by Medicare Payments

  Physician Group Name Medicare Payments Specialty Number of Physicians

1.

Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute (FL)

$556,934,341

Oncology

223

2.

Texas Oncology (TX)

$465,168,061

Oncology

472

3.

Arizona State Physicians Association (AZ)

$443,889,759

Pediatric Medicine

1,321

4.

HealthCare Partners IPA (NY)

$255,884,492

Internal Medicine

4,024

5.

NYC University Physicians Network (NY)

$224,688,375

Internal Medicine

2,815

6.

Northwell Health Physician Partners (NY)

$223,825,149

Emergency Medicine

3,004

7.

Lifebridge Health Physicians (MD)

$222,467,534

Internal Medicine

1,492

8.

North Texas Specialty Physicians (TX)

$219,197,104

Family Practice

891

9.

IPA of Nassau/Suffolk Counties (NY)

$216,949,595

Anesthesiology

641

10.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation (CA)

$214,306,043

Internal Medicine

2,428

11.

21st Century Oncology (AL)

$212,702,435

Radiology

335

12.

University of Penn Medical Group (PA)

$196,299,406

Internal Medicine

2,343

13.

Cleveland Clinic (OH)

$191,702,293

Internal Medicine

3,004

14.

Aurora Health Care Medical Group Inc (WI)

$183,636,044

Family Practice

1,936

15.

Christiana Care Health Services (DE)

$177,974,814

Internal Medicine

1,332

16.

Regional Cancer Care Associates (NJ)

$175,196,531

Oncology

147

17.

Sutter Medical Foundation (CA)

$172,674,812

Family Practice

1,548

18.

Mayo Clinic (MN)

$167,776,807

Anesthesiology

3,608

19.

Apogee Physicians (AZ)

$167,238,645

Internal Medicine

1,866

20.

Northwestern Medical Group (IL)

$164,417,458

Internal Medicine

1,969

21.

Advocate Medical Group (IL)

$160,358,157

Internal Medicine

1,935

22.

Ascension Medical Group (MI)

$157,053,899

Family Practice

2,125

23.

Sante Community Physicians (CA)

$154,180,271

Family Practice

857

24.

Beaumont Medical Group (MI)

$150,040,446

Internal Medicine

1,069

25.

Atrium Health Medical Group (NC)

$147,937,484

Pediatric Medicine

1,780

Fig 1. Data from Definitive Healthcare based on 2016 Provider Utilization and Payment Data Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File. All information is verified by our in-house research team.