Report shows specialists drove increase in office visits

The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics report shows that after 4 years of decline, the number of patients visiting physicians’ offices increased by 2.7% in 2013. While the increase is positive, the number is still 8% lower than office visits in 2008. The report also showed that inpatient hospital admission after an emergency visit declined by 14.6%, “perhaps as a response to policies that discourage ER usage,” the report states. Hospital visits overall were up by 13 million visits.

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