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Primary care spending in Medicare fee-for-service: An illustrative analysis using alternative definitions of primary care

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This issue brief uses Medicare fee-for-service data to conduct illustrative analyses of primary care spending using a methodology that has been frequently used by policymakers and academics and can be applied to claims data. Although the estimates do vary substantially from each other as expected, trends in each of the four measures were fairly consistent over the three years analyzed, with the exception that all the estimates showed a decline in primary care and overall health care utilization during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Primary Care
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ASPE Issue Brief
Older Adults | Black & African American People | American Indian & Alaska Native People (AI-AN) | Asian American & Pacific Islanders People (AAPI) | Hispanic, Latino, Latina, & Latinx People | Racial & Ethnic Groups | White People | Medicare Beneficiaries
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