Greater hospitalist workloads tied to longer stays, higher costs

03/31/2014 | Medscape (free registration)

Although greater utilization of hospitalists is generally seen as a way to improve care and hold down costs, heavy workloads coincide with reduced efficiency and longer stays for patients, according to a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers also reported a correlation between increased workload and higher costs, even after adjusting for increased length of stay.

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