Higher rates of care continuity, or seeing the same primary care physician, were associated with a 20% reduction in the likelihood that Medicare patients would have preventable hospitalizations, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. Physicians writing an accompanying editorial outlined ways primary care practices can improve continuity: regularly measuring it and setting performance goals, increasing the number of days clinicians see patients, offering more same-day or next-day appointments and training front desk staff on continuity protocols.

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