Hospitalists are internal medicine specialists who provide patient care in a hospital setting only. They follow patients who are referred to them from other physicians or Emergency Trauma Center patients who need to be hospitalized. After hospital discharge, patients return to their primary physician or are assigned to a physician who will provide follow-up care in a clinic setting.
What care can a hospitalist provide?
Hospitalists provide skilled medical care to their patients on a daily basis and are available for patient and family consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They work collaboratively with the primary physician or other specialists as needed to ensure consistent care, and they keep the referring physician informed during the patient's hospital stay.
What are the benefits of being referred to a hospitalist?
A study of hospitalist programs around the country has demonstrated a reduction in patients' length of stay, readmissions and health care costs while improving the quality and consistency of care.
In addition, because the hospitalists remain in the hospital 24 hours a day, they are available for patient, family or physician consults at any time and are extremely knowledgeable in the discharge services available to patients.