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FAIR Health Analysis Finds Twenty-Nine Percent of Patients Receiving Medical Care Did Not Visit a Primary Care Provider

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Nationally, from 2016 to 2022, 29 percent of patients receiving medical care did not visit a primary care provider, according to a new white paper from FAIR Health. This ranged from a high of 43 percent in Tennessee to a low of 16 percent in Massachusetts. These and other findings are detailed in the new report, released today, entitled A Window into Primary Care: An Analysis of Private Healthcare Claims.

Drawing on the nation’s largest private healthcare claims database, US census data and National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) data, this report provides an in-depth analysis of primary care with a focus on geography, physician versus nonphysician care and primary care specialties. In addition, the study reports on allowed amounts, telehealth utilization, diagnoses and behavioral health.

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