Markedly More Surgery Patients Now Co-Managed by Hospitalists

An increasing number of surgery patients are being co-managed by a surgeon and another clinician, such as a hospitalist or internal medicine subspecialist, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Co-management by generalist physicians rose by 11.4 percent each year from 2001-2006, and all of that growth was attributed to hospitalists.

Patients more likely to be co-managed were older, with more co-occurring illnesses and in hospitals that were mid-sized, non-teaching or for-profit.

Read the Archives of Internal Medicine's study on surgery patients.

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