By: Frank Phillips
I remember when the term “Hospitalist” was a new and emerging concept used for those physicians who treated acutely ill patients in the hospital. Fifteen years later, it has grown into a major part of the care a patient receives in nearly every hospital across the country.
Over the next decade, Hospital Medicine will have to change and adapt, as do the rest of the medical specialties, to the implementation of Accountable Care and Patient Satisfaction. Due to the aging population and the rising demand for the care that has historically been given by specialists (such as Cardiologists, Nephrologists, Critical Care and Infectious Disease providers), Hospitalists may find their number of responsibilities increasing.
It is expected that the Hospitalist will assume more of the responsibilities these specialists have had in the past. Therefore, knowledge of more specific procedures, in addition to the admits and rounds, will be required of the Hospitalist.
Hospitalists are now not only treating the patient while in the hospital, but also making sure the patient is transitioned back to the care of their primary care provider. Hospital Medicine has not only grown in size and acceptance, but will continue to evolve over the next several years.
About the author: Frank Phillips is a physician career coach in Atlanta, Georgia. He has over 25 years of experience in the health industry. He was a charter member of NALTO and previously served on the Board of Directors.