Hop Teaming Documentation
The data has the following columns:
- from_npi – The provider seen first in sequence, coded by NPI
- to_npi – The provider seen second in sequence, coded by NPI
- patient_count – The total number of patients shared between the two providers over the entire time period (the time period is typically one year)
- transaction_count – The count of times that a patient switched between the two providers, in the from-to direction.
- average_day_wait – The average amount of days it took for a “HOP” to occur. Which is the the time it took, in days, for a patient to switch to the second provider after having seen the first. provider.
- std_day_wait – The standard deviation of days it took for a HOP to occur.
For additional information about the Hop Teaming dataset, please refer to our blog post here.
An “NPI” stands for National Provider Identifier, which is a unique identifier assigned to a specific person or institution that bills for services in the United States. CMS maintains these identifiers, and regularly releases information about which provider has which NPI here:
As per CMS privacy policies provider pairs who saw less than 11 distinct patients together, in total, in the given time-period are not included in the release. There will always be at least 11 transactions between the two providers, at least one for each patient.