In this large cohort of ~600 hospitals (of which 72% have hospitalists), the presence of hospitalists did not independently predict performance on 6 publicly reported measures of quality in patients with CHF, AMI, and pneumonia (e.g. mortality and readmissions). There are clearly organizational structures and processes, other than hospitalists, that need to be in place to support highly reliable outcomes (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.