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As pressure mounts on hospitals to improve quality and reduce costs, they have turned to medicine's fastest-growing physician specialty—hospital medicine—to improve clinical performance and operational efficiency. An estimated 72% of U.S. hospitals today use hospitalists, and research has documented the success of hospitalist initiatives in three areas where poor performance leads to risk for both hospitals and patients: hospital discharge transitions, glycemic control, and venous thromboembolism
Hospital leaders and quality and safety officials who buy this brief will learn:
- The Hospitalist specialty—its growth and evolution
- Strategic use of hospitalists
- The challenges of effectively employing hospitalists