- Work in partnership with your primary care physician to coordinate inpatient care
- Work closely with nurses, ancillary staff and other physician specialists involved in your care
- Are familiar with the hospital's systems for ordering tests, analyzing results and arranging for treatment
- Are trained to quickly recognize and respond to changes in the patient's condition
- Are at the hospital 24 hours a day, so they can see patients as frequently as their medical conditions require
- Will promptly provide your doctor with a written report of your hospital visit to facilitate any follow-up care you may need
If you do not have a primary care physician, the Hospitalist team will provide you with a list and arrange your follow-up care.
How does a Hospitalist help Primary Care Physicians?
Hospitalists practice full-time in the hospital, so they are readily available to help your doctor. When you enter the hospital, a MetroWest Medical Center Hospitalist will immediately begin acting as attending physician for the length of the hospital stay.
- Provide prompt admission and treatment of your patients
- Oversee your patient’s entire hospital stay to provide quality care
- Free you from hospital service call duties
- Communicate ongoing patient status to you on a timely basis
- Help your practice run smoother and more efficiently
Daily activities include:
- Coordinating hospital admissions
- Arranging diagnostic testing and specialty consultations
- Explaining findings and discussing recommendations with patients
- Orchestrating all patient care
- Providing medical care for patients who need surgical treatment
- Managing urgent situations that may arise during the hospitalization
- Reviewing hospital treatment with insurance companies and payers