What is a Hospitalist?
A Hospitalist is a physician or physician assistant who cares for patients while they are in the hospital. Our Hospitalists are Internal Medicine physicians, who have a special interest and training in hospital medicine. Our Hospitalist physicians also work with Physician Assistants to provide a team of professionals dedicated to your care while in the hospital. They work in partnership with your primary physician to ensure that you receive the best care possible throughout your hospitalization.
Why does Borgess Medical Center use Hospitalists?
Research demonstrates that hospital patients cared for by Hospitalists receive a higher level of care, experience fewer complications, recover faster and have a better outcome. Hospitalists are also available 24 hours a day and can respond quickly to your needs. Your primary physician understands the benefits offered by these specially trained physicians and has requested that our Hospitalists manage your care throughout your hospital stay.
How often will I see Hospitalist during my hospital stay?
You will see the Hospitalist once a day or more during your stay. Each day, the Hospitalist will review your test results, answer your questions, monitor your progress and modify your medications as needed. And because a Hospitalist works only in the hospital, they are readily available to you and your family for questions and concerns.
What if I need to see a specialist?
As with your primary physician, Borgess Inpatient Services physicians work with the full team of Borgess specialists and departments throughout your hospital stay. They communicate regularly with all of the specialists and can arrange for any special care that you may need.
Will my primary physician be kept informed during my hospital stay?
Absolutely! When you are admitted to the hospital, your primary physician is immediately notified. Your primary physician has trusted Borgess Inpatient Services to care for you while you are in the hospital. There is a high level of communication and teamwork between everyone involved. And once you are discharged, your primary physician will receive a detailed follow-up report before your first office visit.
How will I be billed for this care?
Your insurance company will be billed the same way they would be billed for your primary physician’s time spent seeing you in the hospital. This bill will be separate from your hospital charges. You will be responsible for any charges not paid by your insurance company. If you have questions about your bill or need help working with your insurance company, the Borgess financial counselors can assist you.
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