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hos·pi·tal·ist

(hos'pi-tăl-ist),
1. A physician whose professional activities are performed chiefly within a hospital, for example, anesthesiologists, emergency department physicians, intensivists (intensive care specialists), pathologists, and radiologists. Synonym(s): hospital-based physician
2. A primary care physician (not a house officer) who assumes responsibility for the observation and treatment of hospitalized patients and returns them to the care of their private physicians when they are discharged from the hospital.
[hospital + -ist]

The hospitalists professional society, The National Association of Inpatient Physicians (NAIP), has defined hospitalist as a physician whose primary professional focus (clinical, teaching, research, or administration) is general inpatient care. A hospitalist may be an employee of a hospital or HMO, a contractor, or a private practitioner. About 75% of hospitalists are general internists. Hospital-based primary care physicians free general practitioners from the need to make daily rounds to visit hospitalized patients. Several studies have shown significant decreases in hospital costs and in length of hospital stays under the hospitalist system, with no decline in quality of care or patient satisfaction. Some academic medical centers have adopted hospitalist models for inpatient care and teaching.

hospitalist

(hŏs′pĭt-l-ĭst)
n.
A physician, usually an internist, who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients.

hospitalist

[hos′pi·təl·ist]
a physician specializing in hospital inpatient care.
A physician specialised in inpatient medicine, who acts as a patient’s primary doctor while the patient is hospitalised, ensuring that tests are evaluated in a more timely manner than possible for private physicians
Pros Increased efficiency in patient management, decreased hospital stay
Cons Decreased personalised physician-patient contact

hospitalist

Hospital practice A physician specialized in inpatient medicine who acts as a Pt's primary doctor while the Pt is hospitalized, ensuring that tests are evaluated in a more timely manner than possible for private physicians Pros ↑ Management efficiency, ↓ hospital stay Cons ↓ Personalized physician-patient contact. See Hospital-based physician.

hos·pi·tal·ist

(hos'pit-ăl-ist)
1. A physician whose professional activities are performed chiefly within a hospital (e.g., anesthesiologist, emergency department physician, intensivist (intensive care specialist), pathologist, and radiologist).
Synonym(s): hospital-based physician.
2. A primary care physician (not a house officer) who assumes responsibility for the observation and treatment of hospitalized patients and returns them to the care of their private physicians when they are discharged from the hospital.

hos·pi·tal·ist

(hos'pit-ăl-ist)
1. Physician whose professional activities are performed chiefly within a hospital.
2. Primary care physician who assumes responsibility for observation and treatment of hospitalized patients and returns them to the care of their private physicians when discharged from the hospital.
[hospital + -ist]
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To help decide on treatment, a hospitalist discusses options with patients and their families.
We are thrilled that we are not being outsourced," said David Schwartz, a Sacred Heart hospitalist and spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association.
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Ty Montgomery, FN-C, was awarded Hospitalist of the Year for a non-physician provider.
Judging by the enthusiasm of its early practitioners, hospitalist medicine is likely to become a highly attractive career option for many residents in training and internists who are in the early stages of their practice.
This included evidence that the hospital advertised that it offered a hospitalist service to patients and referred to the hospitalists as "our hospitalist team.
A physician who earned the RFP would have at least 3 years of experience as a hospitalist and a commitment to demonstrate competence on a 3-year recertifying cycle.
As long as the costs of setting up its own hospitalist program are not too high, each party will prefer to employ and use its own hospitalists.
Residents work under the supervision of a hospitalist for one month and spend four months each year on traditional floor teams.
If a patient's going in for surgery, they make sure they eat the right foods; if they get sicker, it's the hospitalist who makes sure things don't get worse before the primary care doctor can attend to the patient.
The hospitalist system is one in which the patient's own physician is excluded from caring for his patient after admission to a hospital.