Magazine article Medical Economics

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Magazine article Medical Economics

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* Don't give up inpatient care

Thank you for the article "Hospitalise and PCPs: A delicate balance" (Feb. 15). I'd like to commend FP Omar Khan for maintaining his hospital and office practices.

I would challenge the benefits lauded by proponents of hospitalists. An FP/internist who knows his patients well can streamline the admission without repeating tests that have already been done, thereby cutting costs. PCPs in the hospital provide their patients with the comfort and confidence of knowing their personal physician is going to care for them. No physician will truly listen to the patient and address his concerns like the PCP.

It's a shame that so many PCPs are willing to abandon so much of what they studied while enduring residency training. Furthermore, I see the hospitalist system as another wedge driven between PCPs and their patients. Let's remove this barrier and encourage our colleagues to return to the hospital and provide "complete" care.

Adam Lauer, DO

Brewer, ME

* EHRs: Expensive and unnecessary

The outrageous cost of EHRs compared to similar software used by other professions is a real shame. These nonmedical programs seem to be equally sophisticated, yet work easily right out of the box. We need organized medicine to advocate for truly usable, stable, and affordable options, not the token "discounts" offered for being a member of some medical association.

Until then, though I'm no stranger to technology, I will not be forced to apply it when it actually won't make a difference. Recent studies have shown that EHR users do not provide better quality care. …

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