Usually the busiest physician in the hospital...with long hours, and hopefully good pay!  These folks know better than anyone else the value of good record keeping since everything they do and record goes to additional locations and physicians.  BD

The hospitalist field has become the fastest-growing specialty in the history of American medicine, skyrocketing from a few hundred physicians nationally in the mid-1990s to more than 20,000 today. To assess this important trend, the California HealthCare Foundation funded researchers at UCSF to perform a study of factors driving the growth of hospitalists in California.

Having proven their ability to reduce costs and length of stay for medical patients, hospitalists' roles are expanding into surgical, intensive care, and emergency areas. In addition, they are being asked to assist with system wide efficiency improvements, as well as quality and safety initiatives. Such expansion has increased the need to define training and certification requirements for hospitalists. At the same time, it has created a large demand for hospitalists, leading to sharp rises in salary and high turnover rates.

The Rise of the Hospitalist in California -


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