Hospitalist Program FAQ
We have provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about hospitalist programs and the services they provide. If you do not find the answers you need here, please contact us.
Q: What is a hospitalist?
A: A hospitalist is an internal medicine or family practice physician who is employed by the hospital to provide medical care to inpatients. Hospitalists are entirely focused on the care of patients in the hospital. Their role includes coordinating with multiple specialists, primary care physicians, and the nursing staff. This coordination allows for improved continuity of care and better outcomes.
Q: How does hospitalist care work?
A: A care team, which includes physicians, mid-level providers, and nurses, works closely together to coordinate patients’ care while they are in the hospital. The care team coordinates with sub-specialists, primary care physicians, and the pharmacy to provide patient care.
Q: Why would a hospital hire a hospitalist management group?
A: Repeated studies show cost savings and decreased patient stays resulting from high functioning hospitalist programs. By outsourcing hospitalist management, hospitals work with staff physicians, who integrate into the corporate culture and are aligned with hospital goals and quality metrics, while the management group brings management expertise with close attention to critical metrics and best practices.
Q: How do primary care physicians find out their patients are in the hospital?
A: Each day, the care navigator sends notification to the primary care physicians to let them know a patient has been admitted or discharged from the hospital. Hospitalists and primary care physicians partner to provide excellent patient care.
Q: What does MDP’s style of geographic placement mean?
A: MDP utilizes geographic placement, where physicians and their care teams are assigned to individual units of the hospital. In this model of care, the physicians and nurses are more accessible to the patients under their care and establish relationships and routines that allow them to work more efficiently.
Q: How do patients benefit from hospitalist care?
A: Hospitalized patients have unique needs and benefit by having a readily accessible care team available 24/7. Hospitalist care teams coordinate care between sub-specialists, facilitate the discharge process, communicate with primary care physicians, and pay close attention to safety and overall patient experience.
Q: Does using a hospitalist save money?
A: Yes! According to the Society of Hospital Medicine, hospitalists reduce hospital costs by 20% and length of stay by up to 30%. In addition to discharging patients more appropriately, hospitalist services also generate savings by reducing unnecessary tests and procedures, decreasing duplicative services, and generally operating as efficient care teams.
Q: What’s the benefit of working with a regional provider?
A: A regional hospitalist group like MDP Management is entrenched in the communities it serves and has close relationships with hospitals and providers in the area. Because we are local, we truly care about the success of each of our partner hospitals, and we work to reflect each hospital’s culture and unique capabilities. We strive to be strong liaisons between primary care providers and hospitals to provide coordinated, appropriate care for each patient in our care.