Michigan Physician Survey

CHRT is pleased to share Michigan Physician Survey data with researchers, instructors, policymakers, and members of the media upon request.

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The Michigan Physician Survey explores the perspective of one of the most important stakeholder groups in health care: primary care providers. Michigan physicians are asked to describe their patient and practice characteristics, to indicate their capacity for taking on new patients, and to provide their views on electronic health records, barriers to patient care, recent policy changes, and more.

Developed in 2012, the Michigan Physician Survey was designed to examine and track physician capacity, payer mix, and practice environments as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Healthy Michigan Plan (Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program) were implemented. In addition to tracking trends, each survey features “hot topic” questions such as views on opioid prescribing policies, physician burnout, the Choosing Wisely campaign, the impact of the ACA on physician practices, and Medicaid work requirements.

Detailed analyses of the survey data (read about the survey methodology) have informed many publications, presentations and media interviews that have:

  • Illuminated the capacity of Michigan physicians to accept new patients, including patients with Medicaid coverage;
  • Highlighted changes in patient and payer characteristics since national and state Medicaid expansion;
  • Explored the evolution of primary care teams and electronic health record maintenance at physician practices across the state; and
  • Led to important policy recommendations.

Michigan Physician Survey findings have also been highlighted in Crain’s Detroit Business, Michigan Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, and other media outlets.