In the afternoon, Dr. Patel may see recently discharged patients—those coded "red" or "yellow," based on medical complexity—at an integrated-care center, which is also owned and run by the health plan. Then he might head to a nursing home to check on patients discharged a week ago.
Dr. Patel considers himself an "extensivist" with a goal to reduce readmissions. "Lowering readmission rates is within the purview of the hospitalists."
Health-plan hospitalists cut readmissions—by sometimes leaving the hospital. Today's Hospitalist, 2010.
Median adult hospitalist compensation up slightly to $220,619 in 2010 http://goo.gl/D9rHp
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