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Study weighs hospitalist savings, post-discharge costs
Modern Healthcare

Although the use of hospitalists is associated with a shorter length of stay and lower hospital costs, these savings are offset by more emergency department visits and readmissions, according to an Annals of Internal Medicine report by researchers from the Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. The researchers studied records of 58,125 Medicare admissions at 454 hospitals from 2001 to 2006, with 36,871 patients seen in the hospital by their primary-care physician and 21,254 seen by a hospitalist.