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Hospitalist / How does it work?

HOW DOES THE HOSPITALIST WORK WITH MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN?

When your primary care physician refers you to a Hospitalist, the two physicians will communicate on a frequent basis regarding your care. For example, at the time of your admission to the hospital, your primary care physician will provide information about your illness and other medical conditions to the Hospitalist. This information may be provided verbally or by sending a copy of pertinent information from your medical record. At discharge, all important information regarding your hospital care will be sent to your primary care physician. When you leave the hospital, your primary care physician will resume responsibility for your care.

Hospitalists are one of the most rapidly growing forms of medical care in the United States.

For more information on Hospitalists, visit the website of The Society of Hospital Medicine at www.hospitalmedicine.org

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A HOSPITALIST PROGRAM?

Hospitalists keep a close eye on you. They work in the hospital and will see you more than once a day, if needed. In case of an emergency, the Hospitalist is never very far away.

Hospitalists are likely to be more available to answer your family’s questions when it is convenient for your family because they do not have responsibilities for an office practice. In addition, since Hospitalists are in the hospital most of the day, they are able to spend more time talking to you and your family about your care.

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