In the midst of their boom, here’s an article about an institution considering laying off hospitalists.
Hospitalist programs typically operate at a loss, with the financial gains not apparent for years to come. The benefits of these programs also do not directly impact the bottom line, but instead help with recruiting, as well as the primary care physicians affiliated with the hospital.
Cash-strapped facilities, like Cape Cod Healthcare, may not have the long-term vision or resources to wait out the initial capital costs of running a hospitalist program.
(via The Hospitalist Blog)