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Washington Post Examines Increase In Number Of Hospitalists In US

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The Washington Poston Tuesday examined the increased number of hospitalists, or physicianswho work in hospitals and do not have outside practices, in the U.S.According to the Post, hospitalists take "responsibilityfor everything from admission to discharge, including making patientrounds and ordering all needed tests and procedures."

In the past 10 years, the number of hospitalists has increased to 20,000 today from a few hundred in 1997, according to the Society of Hospital Medicine.The increase in the number of hospitalists began as a result of effortsby hospitals and managed care companies to reduce costs and improve thequality of care, but many primary care physicians since are "being wonover and now find the hospitalist arrangement saves them time andmoney" as hospital reimbursements have decreased, the Post reports (Baker, Washington Post, 9/11).

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