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Patient mortality no higher using locum tenens physicians

A study found 30-day mortality risks did not increase when hospitalized patients were seen by locum tenens physicians filling in for staff doctors, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, data from 2009 to 2014 involving more than 1.8 million Medicare patients did show that patients treated by locum tenens physicians had higher health care spending and longer hospital stays.

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