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Dec
27

The Wall Street Journal: The Hidden System That Explains How Your Doctor Makes Referrals

By: Anna Wilde Mathews and Melanie Evans  More primary-care doctors work directly for hospitals, and they are being pushed to keep lucrative referrals in-house.  Phoebe Putney Health System doesn't want its doctors to send business to competitors. If they do, Phoebe makes sure their bosses know about it. Doctors working for the Albany, Ga.-based hospital system's affiliated physician gro...
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Nov
15

Trends In Primary Care Visits

Office visits to primary care physicians (PCPs) declined 18 percent from 2012 to 2016 for adults under 65 years old with employer-sponsored health insurance, while office visits to nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) increased 129 percent. Comparing 2012 to 2016, there were 273 fewer office visits per 1,000 insured individuals to primary care physicians over that span, while v...
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Mar
14

Health Affairs: Disinvesting In Primary Care?

By: Christopher Koller and Margaret O'Kane The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) released its analysis of 2016 health spending for a group of commercial insurers last month. The report is a trove of information that, like all good analyses, suggests more questions than it answers. Buried in the report—in figure 15—is an alarming trend that should rise to the top of analysts' areas for further inve...
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