Top 15 Florida physician groups by Medicare charges

The state of Florida is home to more than 11,000 physician groups, ranging in size from a single physician to over 7,000 members.

Examining a physician group’s Medicare charges provides insight into their overall productivity in terms of patients treated and the relative cost of procedures performed.

Using data from the Definitive Healthcare platform, we’ve compiled a list of Florida’s top physician groups based on the highest total Medicare charges.

Physician groups with the highest Medicare charges

Rank Physician Group Medicare Charges # of Physicians Definitive ID Main Specialty
1 HCA Florida Healthcare Physicians $6,134,436,620 7,180 1047395 Internal Medicine
2 Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute $2,600,806,133 275 551855 Oncology - Hematology/Oncology
3 HCA Florida Physicians $2,453,339,734 2,421 1001828 Internal Medicine
4 US Anesthesia Partners $2,088,971,628 +*93,642 552756 Anesthesiology - Anesthesiologist
5 Baptist Health Physicians $754,702,429 1,442 1043617 Family Practice
6 BayCare Medical Group $704,212,153 1,343 700946 Emergency Medicine
7 AdventHealth Medical Group (FKA Florida Hospital Medical Group) $618,981,065 1,663 550707 Family Practice
8 Ability Rehabilitation (FKA Progressive Physical Therapy Inc) $514,155,983 767 701983 Family Practice
9 Brooks Medical Group $498,113,386 697 615361 Family Practice
10 Bethesda Hospital East (FKA Bethesda Health Physician Group) $460,814,762 606 998629 Internal Medicine
11 MBB Radiologists $443,406,251 325 585323 Radiology - Diagnostic Radiology
12 UF Health Physicians $432,333,076 1,244 551080 Anesthesiology - Anesthesiologist
13 Halifax Health Physicians $358,980,269 519 995240 Family Practice
14 VA Sunshine Healthcare Network Physicians $304,769,049 232 1029212 Internal Medicine
15 University of Miami Physicians $304,321,223 1,261 552462 Anesthesiology - Anesthesiologist

Fig 1. Data is from the Definitive Healthcare PhysicianGroupView product. Data is sourced from Definitive Healthcare’s proprietary research and CMS Physicians Compare. Data accurate as of September 2022.

What are the top Florida physician groups with the most Medicare charges?

HCA Florida Healthcare Physicians, based out of Sebring, Florida, is in first place on our list with $6.1 billion in Medicare charges. This physician group also has the most physicians with over 7,000 members. The practice is a single- and multi-specialty group with their primary specialty in internal medicine. HCA Florida Healthcare Physicians is affiliated with the health system HCA Florida Healthcare – HCA East Florida Division.

Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute is second on the list with $2.6 billion in Medicare charges. Based out of Fort Myers, it is also a single- and multi-specialty group with a primary specialty in hematology/oncology.

Interestingly, Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute has nearly 6,900 fewer physicians than HCA Florida Healthcare Physicians. The number of physicians ranges considerably across the list of 15 groups- from 232 to 7,180 physicians. This suggests that the number of physicians employed in a group does not necessarily impact its Medicare charges.

Tampa-based HCA Florida Physicians is slightly behind in the number-three spot with $2.4 billion in Medicare charges. Similar to the top-ranked group, this group is also affiliated with the health system HCA Florida Healthcare; however, they are a part of the HCA West Florida Division.

Except for University of Miami Physicians, which is an academic/faculty practice, the rest of the physician groups are single/multi-specialty physician groups, which indicates that a group uses its premises and resources to offer patients at least one or more types of care.

What is a physician group?

A physician group (also known as a physician medical group) practice is comprised of at least one physician operating as an organization to provide care to patients.  Physician group types include private practices (i.e. a solo physician owns and manages their own office), or group practices (i.e. two or more physicians administer care within the same facility). Group practices can be classified as single-specialty and multi-specialty.

While physicians can work exclusively at a physician group practice, it’s common for physicians to be also employed by another organization such as a hospital.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a group medical practice?

When medical groups are larger in size, they are able to reach a broader patient population and can also take on greater financial and clinical risk (e.g. treating higher-risk patients or performing more specialized procedures).

Physicians who are a part of an independent physician group can enjoy greater scheduling flexibility, more financial security, and better employee benefits.

Although operating as a group can be a more reliable choice for physicians than entering solo practice, a physician group may not provide as much administrative support or cover financial risks in the way that larger institutions like hospitals can.

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