LISTEN NOW: Scott Sears, MD, Discusses Hospitalist Challenges with Unassigned, Uninsured Patients


Scott Sears, MD, chief clinical officer for Sound Physicians in Tacoma, Wash., discusses why patients without health insurance put hospitalists in a difficult situation. He says hospitalists face cost pressures to discharge patients—particularly because hospitals don’t get fully reimbursed to provide care to uninsured patients and, consequently, end up subsidizing them. Meanwhile, there are incentives to meet certain quality measures, coupled with a lack of providers.

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