When you are admitted to The Medical Center at Albany, your doctor may ask that hospitalists oversee your care. Hospitalists specialize in caring for patients in the hospital.
- Hospitalists care for:
- Patients of local physicians who limit their practices to outpatient medicine
- Patients with out-of-town physicians
- Patients who do not have an established primary care physician.
What are hospitalists?
Hospitalists are doctors who devote their practice to the specialized care of hospitalized patients. They are trained in Family Practice, General Medicine, Geriatrics, or Internal Medicine. The hospitalist manages your care through the hospital. He or she closely monitors your progress, and stays in close touch with you, your family and your doctor.
How does the hospitalist program work?
Your hospitalist only sees patients in the hospital and is never more than a few minutes away. The hospitalist will be in charge of your care and will see you every day to direct treatment.
The hospitalist will arrange for any prescriptions you may need upon discharge from the hospital. You will be given instructions to follow-up with your primary care doctor or other doctors. Your hospital records will be in your primary care doctor’s hands well before your first follow-up visit. Hospital Care Consultants will bill your insurance company for their services. They will bill you for your portion of the service (deductibles and co-payments), if any.
How does the hospitalist know about me?
When you are admitted to the hospital, your primary care physician contacts the hospitalist. Records are sent to the hospitalist to provide information about your illness. This is similar to when your primary care physician refers you to a specialist.
Who are the hospitalists at The Medical Center at Albany?