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What is a hospitalist?
Hospitalists are physicians who are boarded either in Internal Medicine or Family Practice. They focus their efforts entirely on the medical care of hospitalized patients.
Who is treated by hospitalists?
Hospitalists work in consult with many specialties to coordinate the care of patients admitted to the hospital. They limit their care to nonpregnant adults. Surgeons often ask the hospitalists to co-manage their patients, and in many cases, the hospitalist is the attending doctor of record.
How does my family doctor know about my illness in the hospital?
Our hospitalists work closely with the primary community physicians. On admission and discharge, the records are faxed to the local doctors. If you don’t have a primary care physician, you will be referred to one to follow up with your medical needs.
How Do I Contact My Hospitalist?
The hospitalist team provides 24/7 in-house coverage. In general your attending physician will visit the patient once a day. But at any time if there is a concern your nurse can reach the hospitalist who is following the patient, and they can quickly be at the bedside.
What benefits can hospitalists offer patients?
By focusing his or her practice on the care of hospitalized patient, a hospitalist can gain a great deal of experience in the unique aspects of a patient's needs during the hospital stay.
Healthcare research has proven that hospital medicine has increased the quality of care as well as reducing healthcare costs. This translates to better care for you, with less unnecessary tests, less discomfort, and earlier patient discharge. On average, hospitalists are able to safely discharge their patients 30 percent sooner. By taking care of the hospitalized patients, hospitalists allow your primary care doctor to be more available to you and others for office visits.
What if a patient doesn’t have insurance?
Hospitalists provide care whether a patient has insurance or not. Our hospitalists are “insurance blind” and provide the same high level of compassionate care regardless of a patient’s insurance status. It really makes no difference to the hospitalist, who is trained to provide every patient the best possible care. They do, however, work closely with case management to assist their patients in accessing all possible resources unique to their situation