Academic journal article Journal of Healthcare Management

PRACTITIONER APPLICATION: The Effect of Hospitalists on Average Length of Stay

Academic journal article Journal of Healthcare Management

PRACTITIONER APPLICATION: The Effect of Hospitalists on Average Length of Stay

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Vinh, Walston, Szychowski, and Hernandez explore the impact that hospitalists might have on average length of stay (ALOS) and possible links between the number of hospitalists per occupied bed and ALOS. As someone with experience in both hospitalist and non-hospitalist roles in both outpatient and inpatient settings, I read their article with particular interest. The healthcare environment is becoming more complex-financially and structurally-and it is getting harder to manage patient care. This trend has become more evident as interest grows in measures such as ALOS. To a great degree, that is why I transitioned to full-time hospital care in 2016. I have come to believe that hospital medicine has advantages over non-hospitalist care.

As an inpatient healthcare provider, I have seen a positive effect and influence on various hospital measures, notably ALOS. My personal experience is consistent with the authors' findings in that regard, and I know many primary outpatient healthcare providers our hospitalists cover for who often express the same sentiment.

In just a few years, the Envision hospitalist program at CHI St. …

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