- Family practice and internal medicine providers referred at rates of 25 percent and 29 percent, respectively, underscoring the large volume of referrals these primary care practices must manage.
- The top referred-to specialties included gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, dermatology, and otolaryngology (ENT), with some variation among primary care specialties.
- Regional trends indicated referral rates were highest in the West and Northeast, most likely due to the predominance of rural areas in the Midwest and South, penetration of HMOs in the West and Northeast, and higher median patient age in the West.
Halley Consulting Group And Athenahealth Publish Comprehensive Review Of National Referral Patterns From Primary Care Practices
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