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Primary Care Provider (PCP)

This term almost always refers to doctors, nurse practitioners or physician assistants who provide routine care and preventive care (before people are sick). PCPs diagnose and treat common medical problems, determine how urgent these problems are, and may refer patients to other specialists if needed. PCPs practice in the community, not a hospital or other healthcare facility. Some PCP’s follow their patients into the hospital, while others do not. Sometimes a “hospitalist” is assigned to the patient who will likely communicate with your PCP while you’re in the hospital.

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