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Case Management Monthly, November 1, 2008

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How can my facility’s hospitalist program help improve case management goals?

by June Stark, RN, BSN, MEd

Hospitalists, who specialize in the management of hospitalized patients, take over for PCPs when it’s time to admit patients. Hospitalists work on fast-paced, in-tensely focused, and streamlined schedules and have been known to shave days off the average stay at a facility.

Because of the efficiency and cost-effectiveness they can bring to facilities, hospitalist programs are quickly gaining traction. The American College of Physicians estimates that more than 2,000 new hospitalist programs have popped up across the nation in the 10 years since the concept was born.

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