BU study: More family docs limits readmissions & saves millions

Seems sort of obvious.  But, notice what happens when you increase the #of specialists. Readmissions go up.

From Science Daily:  

Boston- Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center have found that by adding one family physician per 1,000, or 100 per 100,000, could reduce hospital readmission costs by $579 million per year, or 83 percent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) target…

“Using these data, we found that 30-day readmission rates for all three diagnoses decrease as the number of family physicians increases,” said senior author Brian Jack, MD, an associate professor and vice chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center. “Conversely, increased numbers of physicians in all other major specialties, including general internal medicine, is associated with increased risk of readmission,” he added.

According to Jack this work demonstrates tremendous cost savings from an adequate family physician work force.

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