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Stacks of coins Researchers concluded that wide price variations demonstrate “significant opportunity for savings if patients are directed to PCPs with more conservative practice styles. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Primary care has come into greater focus in recent years as an important first step in preventing costly health care conditions. But the choice of a primary care provider can impact health care costs.

A new study, details of which will appear in the July 2021 edition of The American Journal of Managed Care, found widespread variation in spending associated with physician practices. As a result, researchers recommend employers “encourage the individuals and families they cover to use more efficient health care providers.”

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