Understanding the high cost of Hospitalists

Today, the hospitalists (doctors who just see sufferers in the hospital), nearly always in a shift work model, are the quickest increasing specialty in the field of medicine, from nothing approximately fifteen years ago to over 50,000. In accordance with certain studies, few benefits from hospitalists in contrast to “usual care” in highly controlled atmosphere, outcomes like a 0.4 each day reduction in length of stay with no reported increase in the rate of readmission. Obviously, these researchers were all conducted within the atmosphere of a screwed up payment system.

Most of the family physicians would accept that the truth on the front lines falls well short of the outcomes of the controlled experiments. In hospitals, there is rarely continuity with sufferers frequently seeing 3+ different hospitalists on the similar admission. Interaction and communication by the hospitalists with the personal family physician of patients is nearly non-existent. But due to the system of screwed up primary care payment, several family physicians have given up the work of hospital for economic and various other reasons, so the void has been filled by the hospitalists, mostly with the hospital administrators’ explicit support.

A report in The Hospitalist indicates that how much the administrators of hospital are spending to maintain certain level of control over the groups of hospitalists, how screwed up the CPT coding system of AMA is, and how screwed up the evaluation and management rules and fee schedules of CMS are. According to the estimation of report, the income of average hospitalist must be subsidized by $157,500 per doctor each year more in contrast to what they bill and accumulate using the current CPT/CMS codes and fee structure. Median total compensation was claimed to be $278,746, which for the non-physicians reading this is more in comparison with the family physicians make, but less than most of the “ologists.”

But analysis says that sufferers would actually like to visit their personal family physicians when they are terrified, vulnerable, and hospitalized. Due to the payment system that is quite biased towards methods over thinking work, private family physicians in hospital have highly abandoned seeing their own sufferers. This negligence results in a poorer care that is more fragmented and more costly. It is the high time the payment system should be respected and rewarded this work.