Comparison of hospital costs and length of stay for community internists, hospitalists, and academicians
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Gen. Intern. Med.
hospitalist; medical care costs; academic medicine; MODEL; CARE; PHYSICIANS; SERVICE; Health Care Sciences & Services; Medicine, General & Internal
Background: The model of inpatient medical management has evolved toward Hospitalists because of greater cost efficiency compared to traditional practice. The optimal model of inpatient care is not known. Objective: To compare three models of inpatient Internal Medicine (traditional private practice Internists, private Hospitalist Internists, and Academic Internists with resident teams) for cost efficiency and quality at a community teaching hospital. Design: Single-institution retrospective cohort study. Measurements and Main Results: Measurements were hospital cost, length of stay (LOS), mortality, and 30-day readmission rate adjusted for severity, demographics, and case mix. Academic Internist teams had 30% lower cost and 40% lower LOS compared to traditional private Internists and 24% lower cost and 30% lower LOS compared to private Hospitalists. Hospital mortality was equivalent for all groups. Academic teams had 2.3-2.6% more 30-day readmissions than the other groups. Conclusions: Academic teams compare favorably to private Hospitalists and traditional Internists for hospital cost efficiency and quality.
Journal of General Internal Medicine
"Comparison of hospital costs and length of stay for community internists, hospitalists, and academicians" (2007). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 7109.