Cost Versus Quality of Care: Hospitalists and Their Impact on Eight Diagnosis Related Groups
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This study will attempt to analyze some of the quantitative differences between the inpatient management performance of hospitalists, primary care physicians, and teaching service physicians using several factors for eight diagnosis related groups of patients. Also, this study will evaluate the claims made by several past studies that the hospitalist model improves patient care, decreases length of stay, and overall cost to hospitals. Furthermore, this study will attempt to answer the question whether it is more important to have specific, personal knowledge of a particular patient's disease history, or experience with a disease process to expedite recovery.