CPCMO: What the latest C-level title in hospitals stands for

With the continued growth of the hospitalist profession, some physicians argue that a new role must be created in hospitals to address the discontinuity of primary care that patients receive, according a new article published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

The proposed executive position is called the Chief Primary Care Medical Officer. This individual would be charged with leading their hospital's efforts to create systems that bridge the primary care continuum between hospitalists and a patient's primary care provider.

The article's authors believe that instituting this position could not only improve patient care and satisfaction, but also decrease length of stay and readmission rates through improved coordinated care with primary physicians.

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