Patients of older physicians have higher mortality rates

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  • Researchers examining Medicare data found a slightly higher mortality rate among patients of older physicians.
  • The research found a mortality rate of 10.8% among patients of physicians <40 y and 12.1% for those >60 y.

Why this matters

  • The research, published in the BMJ, involved a random sample of Medicare data from about 700,000 hospital admissions between 2011 and 2014 and about 19,000 physicians who were assigned to patients on admission.
  • The study also found that the physicians who saw large numbers of patients did not follow the pattern of higher mortality rates by older age, with mortality fairly consistent among high-volume physicians of all ages, STAT News reported.
  • "It could be that high-volume doct...