Jan 8, '03
"several recently published studies have demonstrated that hospitalist programs result in better quality inpatient care (i.e., reductions in readmissions and mortality rates). "
Whatever happened to the idea of "continuity of care" and all the arguments for that?
I certainly have misgivings about this medical specialty and its attempt to exert maximum control over a most profitable part of healthcare instead of, for example, community health clinics and small rural hospitals in "economically-challenged" areas of the country where there is a shortage of docs.
Where are these "specialists" when they are truly needed in these areas? Oh, I forgot. They are engaged in political turf wars with other MDs over control of large, more profitable hospitals.
"Follow the money" still seems to be the basic rule.
Last edit by sjoe on Jan 9, '03