Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A New Medical Subspecialty

First there was the internist - available day or night, inpatient or outpatient to care for their patients.

Then there was the hospitalist - available day or night, but only for inpatients.

And now it seems there comes the nocturnist - available only at night and only for inpatients.

I can't believe my eyes...

-Wes

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? Is there really an internist that only works at hospitals at night?

The Happy Hospitalist said...

That's correct, and their reimbursment runs upwards of 10-%20% higher nationally than hospitalists who do day/night rotations.

That is the power of external financial relationships.

WIN-WIN.

DrWes said...

Anony 12:10 -

Yep. I saw it with my own eyes today...

Wanderer said...

Yeah, we have them too...except we call them "interns" and pay them in peanut butter crackers and Diet Coke...

Great idea, don't see it happening in my neck of the woods.