Primary care visits from patients with insurance rose to 12.7 patients per day in the third quarter of 2012, compared with 12.4 per day during the same period last year, while visits to specialists also inched up, according to Truven Health Analytics. Accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, and other federal and private initiatives designed to improve health care and curb costs may explain the uptick, a Truven official said.

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