This large retrospective cohort of physicians in Massachusetts found those with <10 years of experience had 13% higher healthcare cost profiles than those with 40+ years of experience. There was no association between physician cost and board certification, past malpractice claims/disciplinary action, or practice size. Cost-profiling for reimbursement purposes may differentially affect younger physicians, and the reasons behind these cost differentials need further investigation (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.