What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician who works in the hospital, and is available during your stay to discuss your care and treatment options with you and your family. A hospitalist typically specializes in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine.
When will I see my Primary Care Physician?
During your stay, you will be seen by a hospitalist. You will see your regular doctor after you are discharged from the hospital.
What benefits do hospitalists provide to me and my doctor?
- Because they only work in the hospital and will see you more than once a day if needed, hospitalists can keep a close on your care, and in the event of an emergency, are nearby. Your hospitalist knows the specialists and resources available, and can help expedite your care by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment throughout your stay.
- Hospitalists are available to provide answers to you and your family’s questions whenever possible. Because hospitalists are based in the hospital, they can spend time talking with family about your needs and all available treatment options.
- Using a hospital medicine team enables your primary care physician to be more available to you in the office, partnering with the hospitalist to care for you when you are hospitalized.
How does the hospitalist know about me?
Upon admission to the hospital, the hospitalist will review your medical records and may contact your primary care physician to discuss your condition or health history. During the course of your hospitalization, the hospitalist and primary care physician may talk further regarding your treatment, and at discharge, the hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician to discuss your further treatment needs, help arrange follow-up care, and prescribe necessary medications. Your primary care physician will have access to all your records following your stay.
What should I expect on my bill?
Upon discharge patients often have questions regarding charges for their hospital stay. Your bill will come from two sources — one from the hospital for all hospital costs and another bill for the hospitalist’s services. If you have questions about your hospitalist bill, please call us.