Comparison of hospital costs and length of stay associated with general internists and hospitalist physicians at a community hospital
Abbreviated Journal Title
Am. J. Manag. Care
PATIENT SATISFACTION; OUTCOMES; SERVICE; FACULTY; CARE; IMPLEMENTATION; EXPERIENCE; EFFICIENCY; SYSTEM; TRIAL; Health Care Sciences & Services; Health Policy & Services; Medicine, ; General & Internal
Objective: To compare initial and long-term hospital resource utilization of hospitalists and general internists at an urban community hospital. Study Design: A retrospective cohort analysis. Methods: Data were collected from 11 750 admissions associated with 28 diagnosis-related groups for 6 years (October 1, 1994, to September 30, 2000). Hospital cost, length of stay, mortality, and 30-day readmission rates of general and hospitalist internists were analyzed for comparison. Results: Hospitalists had generally lower utilization compared with general internists. Overall, length of stay and hospital cost were 16.1% and 8.3% lower, respectively, for hospitalists. Hospital mortality and 30-day readmissions were similar for both physician groups. Conclusions: Hospital resource utilization is moderately lower for hospitalists compared with private practicing general internists.
American Journal of Managed Care
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