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May 25, 2007 (Dallas) — For patients with common inpatient diagnoses, the hospitalist model reduces length of stay and costs without adversely affecting mortality or readmission, according to a presentation by Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc, medical director of clinical and quality informatics at Baystate Health and associate professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, in Springfield, Massachusetts, at Hospital Medicine 2007, the Society for Hospital Medicine annual meeting.
"The improved efficiency was observed at both teaching and nonteaching institutions," said Dr. Lindenauer. "These efficiency gains were only partially explained by the higher inpatient volumes of hospitalists compared with the 2 other physician groups. This suggests that the other aspects of the hospitalist model — such as their on-site and often 24-hour presence and the alignment of their incentives with those of the hospital — can result in greater efficiency."