In this large retrospective database analysis of Medicare fee for service patients undergoing 1 of 15 surgical procedures, the % of them that received co-management (>70% of hospital days had a charge from a medical doctor) increased 11% / year from 2001 to 2006. Co-management was more likely to occur in non-teaching, for-profit hospitals, and in older patients with more co-morbidities. Co-management will likely continue to undergo rapid expansive growth (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.