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Top 20 counties for high coding

U.S. counties in which doctors billed the highest percentage* of the two most expensive Medicare codes for established patients in 2008.

  1. Santa Rosa County, Fla. (60%)
  2. Escambia County, Fla. (57%)
  3. Merrimack County, N.H. (56%)
  4. Strafford County, N.H. (56%)
  5. Washington County, Okla. (56%)
  6. Colbert County, Ala. (55%)
  7. Baldwin County, Ala. (55%)
  8. Cumberland County, N.C. (55%)
  9. Shelby County, Ala. (54%)
  10. Whatcom County, Wash. (54%)
  11. Limestone County, Ala. (53%)
  12. Chittenden County, Vt. (53%)
  13. Warren County, Ohio (52%)
  14. Hunterdon County, N.J.  (51%)
  15. York County, Maine (51%)
  16. Clay County, Fla. (51%)
  17. Arapahoe County, Colo. (50%)
  18. Imperial County, Calif. (50%)
  19. Adams County, Colo. (50%)
  20. Duval County, Fla. (50%)

*For counties with at least 100 claims in the sample citing either or both of the top two billing codes