Data from 15,000 physicians' records indicates that doctors' offices are not being overwhelmed by new patients receiving insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
A new report, prepared by cloud-based EHR and services vendor athenahealth, found primary care physicians had 22.6 percent of their visits from new patients in 2013 and 22.9 percent in 2014. Similarly, small increases were evident for pediatricians and surgeons, while the proportion of new-patient visits was flat for OB/GYNS and declined slightly for other medical specialists.
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