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PRIMARY. That which is first or principal; as primary evidence, or that evidence which is to be admitted in the first instance, as distinguished from secondary evidence, which is allowed only when primary evidence cannot be had.
     2. A primary obligation is one which is the principal object of the contract; for example, the primary obligation of the seller is to deliver the thing sold, and to transfer the title to it. It is distinguished from the accessory or secondary obligation to pay damages for not doing so. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 702.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In this configuration, all data is mirrored between the two servers so if the primary system fails, the standby system will take control with immediate access to data.
It seems most likely that the metastatic disease to the parotid spread from the primary tumor that recurred on the temple in 1994.
When practice acquisition is the favored strategy for primary care network development, the practitioners who are able to effect incremental practice earnings are the primary candidates for acquasition.
It is important to note that the role of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its business relationship with the primary dealers takes place in a framework in which the Federal Reserve has no express statutory authority to regulate or supervise the primary dealers.
The secondary volume may be out of sync and behind in currency with the primary volume and, therefore, requires special attention in recovery situations.
The primary care physician provides whatever care he or she is capable of providing and directs the use of other health care resources, both physician providers and institutional providers.
However, I should stress that the primary dealer monitoring program is quite narrow in its purpose and its scope and is not remotely similar to the bank examination program.
Indeed, there is a significant perverse financial incentive if access is the primary focus of capitation-based systems.
It is worth noting that the business relationship of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York with the primary dealers exists in a framework in which the Federal Reserve Board has only limited statutory authority to regulate or supervise primary dealers or, for that matter, other participants in the government securities market.
Then, the customer had few expectations and remained largely loyal to the primary care physician.
"A lot of physicians are not labeled primary care but can do primary care and can shift into the primary care mode." Barrett used himself and three of the physician specialists who compose the hospital's pediatric infectious diseases department.
Fee-for-Service Production With this method, each of the primary care physicians and specialists is credited with fee-for-service production of the capitated patient for professional services delivered.