Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 8, pp 1385–1387 | Cite as

Characterizing the Role of the Primary Care Provider in Preventive Health Exams: NAMCS 2011–2014

  • Aarti RaoEmail author
  • Minal S. Kale
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) shifted US health policy to emphasize disease prevention by mandating full coverage of approved preventive services.1 However, there is considerable debate regarding the continued utility of preventive health exams (PHEs) in the era of new forms of primary care.2 To inform this debate, we sought to characterize the care delivered at the PHE. We compare the services provided during PHEs by primary care providers (PCPs) vs. non-primary care providers, and also examine the services provided at PHEs compared with those provided at visits for chronic and acute conditions.


We performed a cross-sectional analysis using data from the 2011–2014 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). NAMCS is a nationally representative survey of visits to office-based physicians. We defined a visit as a PHE when the patient’s reason for visit was for a general examination, the physician’s reason for visit was preventive care, and the physician’s only...


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The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of General Internal MedicineIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA

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