Hospital Care Is The #1 Contributor to Growth in National Health Care Spending1

Hospital Medicine is the Fastest Growing Medical Specialty

  • 84% of teaching hospitals have at least 3 hospitalists on staff2
  • 89% of hospitals with >200 beds have hospital medicine programs3
  • The odds of receiving care from a hospitalist increased by 29% each year ('97-'06)4
  • The percent of all claims for inpatient evaluation and management services
    by general internists attributed to hospitalists increased from 9% to 37%
    (1995-2006)5 and are projected to be 60% in 20116
  • Percent of Orthopedic DRGs for patients treated by hospitalists grew by
    59%, and 51% for Pulmonary DRGs7

Hospitalists Influence Quality and Safety Outcomes

  • Hospitalists reduce readmission rates by 1/39
  • 78% of their incentive/bonus compensation comes from Quality Indicators10
  • Hospitalists achieved dramatic decrease in hospital acquired c. diff
    associated diarrhea11

Hospitalists Influence Cost and Treatment Outcomes

  • Hospitalists reduced average LOS by half a day12
  • Hospitalist-led campaigns saved nearly $100k in antibiotic costs in one year13

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1Drug Trend Report, "Unit Cost VS. Utilization." 2009.
2Yong-Fang et al. "Growth in the Care of Older Patients by Hospitalists in the United States." The New England Journal of Medicine; 360-1102-12., March 2009.
3AHA Annual Survey files for 2003-2009, data on file.
4Yong-Fang et al. "Growth in the Care of Older Patients by Hospitalists in the United States." The New England Journal of Medicine; 360-1102-12., March 2009.
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6SHM data on file
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8Odds ratios are for the odds that patients who were receiving care from physicians in general internal medicine would receive all their care from hospitalists
9DePasquale, Sue. "Hospitalists at the Helm." The Johns Hopkins Medicine Magazine, Fall 2010.©The Johns Hopkins University 2010.
10AHA Annual Survey files for 2003-2009, data on file.
11DePasquale, Sue. "Hospitalists at the Helm." The Johns Hopkins Medicine Magazine, Fall 2010.©The Johns Hopkins University 2010.
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