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HCCI Research Brief 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, according to a research brief released by Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). Comparing 2012 to 2016, there were 273 fewer office visits per 1,000 insured individuals to primary care physicians over that span, while visits to nurse practitioners and physician assistants rose from 88 visits per 1,000 insured members to 201. The rate of office visits to specialists and other non-physician providers remained relatively unchanged over the period.

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