It's a buyer's market for physician jobs. Hospitals not having a hospitalist program are at a disadvantage:

Doctors are satisfied with Coweta's patient base and current hospital facilities, but some are reluctant to make a commitment to Coweta because of Newnan Hospital's lack of a "hospitalist" program, according to Bass . . .

. . . A lack of financial resources has so far prevented Newnan from establishing ...

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This reader wants to go back to the "old way":

I'm sorry, but when I chose my primary care doctor that is who I want on my team looking out for me, not someone I don't know. As the hospitalists will be talking to the surgeon, my primary care doctor should be involved in my care. When they give the medications, maybe your primary care doctor would have done it ...

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Arguing against hospitalists

This writer wants life to go back to the old (pre-hospitalist) days:

Somewhat reduced length of hospital stays and lower costs are touted by the hospital and health insurance industries--but hospitalists with subspecialties actually raise costs, and I am aware of no studies of overall costs or number of readmissions after the initial hospital stay.

In-house hospitalist programs do not typically pay their own way, and we needn't ...

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retired doc points to an article from the Annals:

Academic medicine is the carpenter that fashioned the coffin of internal medicine. Instead of reengineering internal medicine to accommodate changes, it cannibalized the discipline by reducing its worth, creating the hospitalist and ambulatory care internist. These were both nails that helped seal the coffin; the former reduced the influence of the internist in the acute care environment and the latter ...

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Liability is driving out board-certified ER docs, allowing internal medicine physicians to benefit:

Ironically, he credits the state's years of high malpractice insurance premiums and fears of litigation with driving out the competition: board-certified emergency medicine physicians who, although they may live in Pennsylvania, commute across the river to work in New Jersey.

"As an ER doctor, I can make more money than I can as a hospitalist, more ...

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There goes the neighborhood

Thanks to Kevin for trusting us and letting us play on his blog while he is (hopefully) on vacation. With any luck, we wont trash the joint. It's hard to imagine how an oncologist, nephrologist, ER/hospitalist, psychiatrist, pathologist (in a former life I think Dr. Bottles was a pathologist), and obstetrician could get into any trouble....guess, we'll see.

I'm all in favor of umbilical cord blood banking ...

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Thanks, Kevin, for the trust and recognition implicit in inviting me to guest blog here. Yours was one of the first medblogs I found and it is a great place to keep up.

Jury returns $640,000 medical malpractice verdict

It is hard to tell from this brief article what the details of the case were. On one hand, it is frustrating to see physicians sued when a known ...

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Stalking doctors in the hospital: A patient shares her frustration
"I understand that what with juggling office hours and visits to hospitalized patients, doctors have demanding schedules. But do they understand that when your loved one is in the hospital, the rest of your life doesn't just go away? Hospitals operate on the premise that we, the family, must make ourselves readily accessible to the doctor - not by phone ...

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The Chicago Tribune takes a detailed look at the pros and cons of the hospitalist movement

retired doc's thoughts on the recent compensation figures
"Delta also provides current average locum tenens bill rate per 8 hour day and, of course, they show a similar ordinal ranking. But it gets worse. While the internist, FP and ped all make $760 per day, the CRNA brings in $1,140 and a hospitalist makes $975. An internist has to sub specialize to make more than an anesthesia nurse."


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