What is a Hospitalist? A hospitalist is a medical provider who specializes in providing quality treatment to patients while they are in the hospital. Hospitalists are involved in all aspects of a patient’s care – from admission to discharge.
Hospitalists evolved over fifteen years ago due to several factors:
- Financial strains on primary care doctors
- Patient safety
- Cost-effectiveness for hospitals, and
- Need for more specialized and coordinated care for hospitalized patients
What advantages and benefits do hospitalists offer?
- Most hospitalists are board-certified physicians in internal medicine, geriatrics, or family practice who have undergone the same training as other internal medicine doctors including attending medical school, residency training, and board certification exams.
- Hospitalists are doctors who have chosen to practice medicine in the hospital; they have more expertise in caring for complicated patients.
- MDICS hospitalists offer 24-hour care, 7 days a week.
- MDICS hospitalists are more available to meet with facility staff, patients and their family members to address any concerns that may arise.
- Promptly respond to nurse’s questions and explain test results to family members.
- Quickly follow up on tests and adjust treatment regimens as needed.
- Hospitalists coordinate the patient’s care in the hospital and they facilitate communication with other doctors and nurses to develop a comprehensive plan of care.