What is a Hospitalist?
A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are trained in general internal medicine and other medical specialties. Because Hospitalists do not maintain outside clinics, they can focus attention exclusively on your medical care inside the hospital. The Hospitalist maintains ongoing communication with your regular physician throughout your treatment. When you are discharged, the Hospitalist transfers your care back to your primary care doctor or other caregiver.
What are the benefits of having a Hospitalist?
Your Hospitalist specializes in the kinds of medical conditions that need to be treated in the hospital. Because the Hospitalist practices exclusively in the hospital setting, he or she has added knowledge of other departments and specialties and are very accessible to nursing staff.
The Hospitalist can often help speed your recovery and shorten your hospital stay by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment plan throughout the day.
Hospitalists have systems and processes in place to communicate with your primary care doctor as needed – especially at the time of admission and discharge – which provides a more seamless experience for patients.
Why might I see several Hospitalist physicians during my stay?
Hospitalists are a small group of specialists who are at the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because no single person could do this alone, they work as a team. Therefore, you may see more than one Hospitalist during your stay.
What is the relationship between the Hospitalist and my primary care doctor?
The Hospitalist partners with your primary care doctor to administer and oversee your treatment while you are in the hospital, serving as your regular doctor until you are released. The Hospitalist will see you on a daily basis and manage your condition, contacting your primary care doctor as appropriate, as well as at the time of discharge. When you are discharged, you will return to your regular doctor or other community-based caregiver to continue the care plan coordinated between your physician and the Hospitalist.
Will I receive a bill from the Hospitalist?
Yes. When you are hospitalized, you will receive at least two sets of bills: one for hospital services, and others for each doctor providing care, including the Hospitalists. The bill you receive will be an itemized accounting of the services provided to you by the Hospitalists during your hospitalization. The statement you receive will be from Carolinas Medical Alliance, Inc., and you’ll be able to review the services provided and verify your billing and insurance information. If you have questions about the billing process, please call 843-629-7074.
Carolinas Medical Alliance Hospitalists
members of the Medical Staff of Carolinas Hospital System
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Roosevelt Daniel, M.D
Badri Giri, M.D.
Katherina Tillan-Hsia, M.D.
Johnny Trogdon, M.D.
|William H. Woodberry, M.D.|
Lin Zheng, M.D.