CT health provider capacity varies significantly

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A new mapping and data tool from CMS allows web visitors to visualize the density of a range of health care providers relative to the number of consumers. The updated Market Saturation and Utilization Tool uses Medicare claims data and can be sorted by state or county. Policymakers can use the Tool for health services location planning and to assess how provider supply impacts utilization. Services in the Tool include ambulance, clinical lab, chiropractic, home health, hospice, long term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and physical and occupational therapies. Users per provider vary considerably in CT from access to chiropractic care (we are in the lowest quartile) to long term care hospitals, home health and hospice care (we are in the top quartile).