Data Definitions

ActiveLicensed individuals who are currently practicing in their respective field.
InactiveLicensed individuals who are retired, employed in another field, or otherwise not practicing in their respective field.
Unknown Activity StatusLicensed individuals for whom practice status is not reported. Experience has shown that these are usually persons just entering their field. For most purposes they are considered active.
In-StateLicensed individuals who practice in North Carolina if they are active or who reside in North Carolina if they are inactive. If business county is missing for active individuals, home county is used.
Out-of-StateLicensed individuals who practice outside of North Carolina if they are active or who reside outside of North Carolina if they are inactive. If business county is missing for active individuals, home county is used.
PhysicianDoctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy licensed by the NC Medical Board.
Federal Physician1994-present: Physician whose principal employer is the federal government. This includes physicians in the armed services, US Public Health Service, Indian Health Service, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to 1994: Physician whose principal setting of primary practice is a health facility on a military installation, in a V.A. hospital, in the Public Health Service, in the Indian Health Service, or in another federal health facility. Federally-funded primary health care clinics serving the private sector are not considered a federal facility.
Resident PhysicianA physician who is presently enrolled in a postgraduate medical education training program in the state of North Carolina.
Mid-level ProviderPrior to 1995: A physician assistant, nurse or other skilled provider qualified by formal academic and clinical training to provide independent patient medical services under the direction of a physician. (Definition of the Instruction Manual for the BCHS Common Reporting Requirements, January 1978). Note: Mid-level Provider is no longer standard terminology.

Demographic Terms

1NC Department of Health and Human Services
2NC Public Health
3NC State Center for Health Statistics
4NC Office of State Budget and Management
5NC Department of Commerce
6NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation
7NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance
8US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
9NC Department of Insurance

Note: Health professions data come from the health professional licencing boards in NC and are self reported by the licencee at the time of initial application for licensure and subsequent renewal.