Cumberland Medical Center hospitalists are physicians, who specialize in providing care for admitted inpatients. We contract with TEAMHealth to provide hospitalists to help manage your care. These physicians partner with you, your family, and your primary care physician to provide excellent care while you are in the hospital.
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a highly-trained Internal Medicine or Family Practice physician who specializes in caring for patients who have been admitted to the hospital. Sometimes, the hospitalist may utilize the assistance of an Advanced Practice Professional to help provide excellent patient care.
Hospitalists provide many benefits to you and your doctor
Hospitalists keep an eye on you. In case of emergency, your hospitalist is never very far. That’s because he or she works in the hospital and will see you more than once a day, if needed. Your hospitalist knows the specialists and departments in the hospital, and he or she will assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment regimen throughout the day based on those test results.
Hospitalists answer your questions
Hospitalists are here to provide face-to-face answers whenever possible. During those critical and stressful moments, they provide honest and considerate answers to your questions. Because hospitalists are based in the hospital, they can spend time talking to you and your family about your care. There’s no time more important to communicate about your care than when you are in the hospital.
How does the hospitalists know about you?
Hospitalists frequently talk to primary care providers and will make every effort to obtain pertinent records from them. At the time of your admission to the hospital, your primary care physician can call the the hospitalist and provide additional information that may be helpful in your care.
During the course of your hospital stay, the hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician and any physician specialists that participate in your treatment. At discharge, the hospitalist will ensure that your primary care physician and physician specialists are involved in the post-hospital plan of care and that they receive the medical records needed for your follow-up care. The hospitalist will work with hospital case management to ensure that you receive the prescriptions, resources, and information you need after discharge.
When will I see my primary care physician?
Many primary care physicians refer their patients to hospitalists when their patients are admitted to the hospital. During your hospital stay, the hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician. After you go home from the hospital, you will see your family physician for follow-up.
Will my insurance cover services rendered by the hospitalists?
As contracted physicians with Cumberland Medical Center, our hospitalists are considered “within network” for most insurance companies. Our fees are very similar to what you would expect from your primary care doctor if he or she was to treat you in the hospital. Your bill will include any portion of our service not covered by your insurance company such as co-pays and deductibles. Our staff is available for any billing inquires.