Hospitalist care becoming more common at U.S. hospitals

02/1/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

It is becoming more common for U.S. hospital patients to be treated by a hospitalist rather than their own primary care provider. Some hospitals insist patients be cared for by hospitalists -- who can help reduce lengths of stay and lower costs -- and some primary care physicians simply are opting to stay out of hospitals.

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