|November 19, 2018
Visits to Physicians for Primary Care Declined From 2012 to 2016
[from AMA Morning Rounds]
Modern Healthcare (11/15, Kacik, Subscription Publication) reports, “Office visits to primary-care physicians have plummeted despite the expectation that frequent checkups with primary-care doctors improve a person’s health and lower costs,” research indicated.
MedPage Today (11/15, Lyles) reports that during the same time, “shifts in care led to gains for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs), “researchers found in “an analysis of private insurance claims.” During that four-year period, “office visits to see a primary care physician (PCP) decreased by 18% among patients 65 and under with employer-based insurance (1,510 to 1,237 visits per 1,000 providers),” the study found. The findings were published in HCCI: Trends in Primary Care Visits.
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