Hospitalists focus on the provision of inpatient medicine. They manage
in-hospital patients as primary care physicians manage the care of
out-patients. Hospitalists spend the majority of their work day in the
hospital coordinating the care of patients who need admission to the
hospital. They are available on site and are experienced in addressing
the unique requirements of hospitalized patients. They manage the care
of hospitalized patients as referred by their primary care physicians
(PCP) and patients who do not have a PCP on staff at the hospital.
Patients are also referred to the hospitalist service by the Emergency
The hospitalists ensure quality medical coverage and continuity of care
around the clock and also provide urgent and emergent care. This
is of distinct value when a patient needs to be evaluated for a problem
in the middle of the night. During your hospitalization, the
hospitalist will manage all aspects of your hospital stay, including
arranging consultations with specialists, and ordering tests,
treatments, and medications.
The hospitalist maintains an open line of communication with the
patient's primary care physician during his or her stay. Upon discharge,
the patient returns to his or her physician, who receives a detailed
written summary of the patient's stay in the hospital. If the
patient had no primary care physician, the hospitalist will make an
appropriate referral prior to discharge.
The greatest advantage of the program is that the hospitalists are
always available to answer your questions and/or respond to any clinical
care issues immediately. In addition, because hospitalists are experts
in hospital care, they are aware of the latest developments in the care
of hospitalized patients.
Admit you to the hospital if you do not have a primary care
physician or if your primary care physician is not available
Provide ongoing medical management during hospitalization
Provide urgent and emergent care
Provide medical consultation on surgical cases
Manage the medical care of psychiatic and substance abuse
patients prior to safe discharge
Manage patients transferred from the Intensive Care Unit prior
Are available to answer your questions throughout the day
Hospitalists meet daily to share information so all team members are
familiar with your case. What's more, they go to great lengths to keep
your primary care physician involved in your treatment and informed of
every aspect of your illness and care. Your personal physician is
apprised of your diagnosis, treatment and progress. A discharge summary
is sent when you leave the hospital, which includes information on your
illness and treatment, test results, medications and instructions for
primary care physicians should you need any follow-up care.
Is There a Charge for Hospitalist Services?
Hospitalists charge for services rendered just as any other physician
does. You will receive a statement from:
Main Line HealthCare 2 Industrial Blvd., Suite 102
Paoli, PA 19301
If you have questions about your bill, please contact our billing office
Main Line HealthCare
Main Line HealthCare is a dynamic network of multi-specialty physician
practices located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and affiliated with
Main Line Health.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.