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D. The 'Hospitalist' Model of Inpatient Care is on the Rise

Narrator: This is Science Today. A recent University of California, San Francisco study has found that a growing method of inpatient care known as the hospitalist model, will one day be the dominant mode of hospital care in this country. According to Jonathan Showstack, a health policy expert at UCSF, this model provides hospitalized patients with a hospital-based general physician.

Showstack: A major concern among both physicians and patients regarding the hospitalist model is the transfer of care once the patient enters the hospital. The concern is that there will be a discontinuity.

Narrator: But Showstack says since hospitalists focus exclusively on hospitalized patients, they'd be more familiar with the complex hospital system than most outpatient physicians.

Showstack: The early evidence is that the hospitalist model does produce some savings in length of stay and fewer uses of resources and apparently at equal or possibly better outcomes of care.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.