The hospitalist model: does it enhance health care quality?
J Health Care Finance. 2009;35(3):22-34
Authors: Harrison JP, Curran L
This study used logistic regression to examine those organizations using the hospitalist model for inpatient care. The study found that organizations using the hospitalist model are located in communities with higher per capita income, fewer uninsured, and more Medicare managed care. Hospitals using hospitalists have higher occupancy rates, a shorter length of stay, and better quality of care. In addition, they are larger and have a wider range of clinical services. From a managerial perspective, this study demonstrates a correlation between the hospitalist model and reduced length of stay and enhanced quality.
PMID: 19891205 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]