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Hospitalists Unaware of Treatment Costs for Inpatients
Health Leaders Media

How much does an overnight stay in the ICU cost? $750? $6,000? Haven’t got a clue? Many hospitalists don’t know either. The cost of an ICU bed per night is $1,107, according to a recent study of two Washington hospitals. The $750-$6,000 range was what physicians at those facilities guessed.

Even though proponents of the hospitalist model have long claimed that hospitalists cut costs, hospitalists are unaware of the actual costs of care to inpatients, according to “Hospitalists’ awareness of patient charges associated with inpatient care,” published in the May/June issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.