In this large retrospective analysis, every 10% increase in the “fragmentation” of care (% of care given by a hospitalist that was not the patient’s primary hospitalist) increased the LOS by 0.39 days. Although it is easy to agree that care fragmentation is undesirable, we need to figure out ways to balance career longevity with care continuity to optimize care quality and efficiency (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.