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Specialization of labor helps to improve quality, efficiency, and profitability.  In health care however, there is a downside – it can come at the cost of the quality of the continuum of care that patients need and deserve.

This is one of the worst examples of patient abandonment I can imagine. Surgeons are paid a bundled fee to provide surgical care for a 90 day period.  I’m pretty sure CMS would like to hear about this surgeon’s policy of not providing their agreed upon service contract with the federal government. 

See more from A Happy Hospitalist: Is it OK For A Surgeon To Stop Seeing Their Hospitalized Patient?