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Hospitalists

Hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Activities include patient care, teaching, research and leadership related to Hospital Medicine. Most Hospitalists have no office practice and are Internal Medicine trained, though some are Family Practice, Pediatrics or other specialties.

What is an Arkansas Methodist Hospitalist?

Arkansas Methodist Hospitalists assume the role of either the admitting/attending physician or consultant, applying the latest knowledge in Hospitalist Medicine to ensure superior outcomes. Our Hospitalists develop intimate familiarity with the hospital system and the people who work within it, expediting the care from admission through discharge and streamlining the hospitalization process for each and every patient. As solely a hospital-based specialty, our Hospitalists are available to respond immediately to needs of referring colleagues and their hospitalized patients. When patients are ready for discharge they are referred back to their primary care physician, if they have one; or if they do not, to a local primary care practice accepting new patients.

Hospitalists provide benefits to the hospital at many levels.

Hospitalists, like their primary care colleagues in the hospital, strive to deliver top-notch bedside patient care to each patient they encounter, but Hospitalists go one step further. Hospitalists function as the quarterback for the patient's healthcare team, taking a direct role in managing the overall "case", not simply the patient's medical illness. On a larger level, Hospitalists act as system improvement engineers, identifying and working closely with the hospital and medical staff to improve the way healthcare is delivered at the system level-improving patient care for all patients at the hospital.

Hospitalists provide many unique benefits to patients.

As a hospital-based practice, our Hospitalists are available to see patients promptly as needed, often multiple times per day. Should an emergency occur, our Hospitalists are usually just down the hall, allowing for immediate intervention. Our Hospitalists are available throughout the day when family members want to discuss the patient's condition and to provide detailed post-discharge instructions and education.

Hospitalists allow primary care doctors to be more available for their office patients.

Because Hospitalists are in the hospital during the day, primary care physicians can be in their office with fewer delays and interruptions. Relieved of time-consuming inpatient demands, patients will see improved access to their physicians, resulting in improved and timelier outpatient care.

Hospitalists help specialists be more productive.

Specialists who co-manage patients with Hospitalists can free time in their schedule for more procedures and boost their accessibility for patients. Our Hospitalists can perform emergent medical clearances for procedures and manage the plethora of administrative burdens that accompany the hospitalization process, allowing Specialists to focus on what they have trained for: their specialty.

Frequently asked questions:

1. Does the hospital own the practice?
No, the Hospitalist service is operated by Schumacher Group and staffed by Independent Contractors who receive advanced education and training in Hospitalist Services.

2. Does the hospitalist see every patient in the hospital?
No, unlike "house doctors" of long ago, our Hospitalists only see patients referred to them either by the patient's own primary care physician or specialist. Often patients without a doctor who present to the ER and require admission are assigned to the hospitalist service.

3. Who pays for the hospitalists?
The practice, like most other physicians in the hospital, bills patients and/or their insurers directly.

4. Does the practice treat outpatients?
No, the Hospitalists see patients only in the hospital during their hospital stay. Our Hospitalists maintain no outpatient practice.

5. How do I get more information?
You can contact Cindy Carter at 870-239-8042 for any administrative, business or other non clinical matters.