The otolaryngology hospitalist: A novel practice paradigm.

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The otolaryngology hospitalist: A novel practice paradigm.

Laryngoscope. 2013 May 10;

Authors: Russell MS, Eisele D, Murr A

Abstract
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To define a new clinical hospitalist practice paradigm originating at the University of California, San Francisco. DESIGN: Retrospective administrative database review at a tertiary referral hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A consortium model of an otolaryngologist hospitalist practice was developed. Billing records, including Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and International Classification of Disease-9 (ICD-9) codes, were reviewed to evaluate the number and type of consultations and surgeries generated during a 2-year period. RESULTS: A total of 375 new inpatient consultations generated 951 patient encounters. The most common diagnoses were respiratory failure (12%), sinusitis (10.6%), stridor (10.6%), and dysphonia (7.6%). Twenty-six percent of consultations involved a procedure or surgical intervention, the most common of which were endoscopic sinus surgery, laryngoscopy, and tracheotomy. CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, ours is the first full-time otolaryngology hospitalist model in the United States. The hospitalist practice is a conceptually viable and clinically beneficial paradigm that should be considered at other similar institutions. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: N/A.

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