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Hospitalists

An important component of the medical staff at Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) are hospitalists—physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients.

Hospitalists oversee the care of hospitalized patients who have been referred to them by primary care or emergency room doctors. After patients are discharged from the hospital, they return to the care of their personal physicians.

From admission to discharge, hospitalists supervise the medical care of patients whose primary care physicians use the IVCH hospitalist program. After a patient is released from IVCH, the hospitalist updates the primary care physician on necessary follow-up care.

At the time of admission and again at discharge, the hospitalist prepares a detailed report of medical findings and treatment plans that is sent to each patient’s primary care physician. The hospitalists see each of their patients every day and are available to answer questions from both patients and families.

The four hospitalists at IVCH are board-certified physicians. They are Khadeer Ahmed, MD, internal medicine/nephrology; Mohammed Shakaib, MD, internal medicine; Mohammad Vaseemuddin, MD, internal medicine/nephrology; and Aftab Khan, MD, internal medicine.

Hospitalist Q & A

What is a hospitalist? Hospitalists are physicians who devote their practice to the care of hospitalized patients. IVCH hospitalists are board-certified. They see hospitalized patients who have been referred to them by primary care physicians, emergency room physicians, or other physicians at the hospital. As such, they are based in the hospital and will manage and coordinate all aspects of your hospital stay at IVCH, from admission until discharge. IVCH hospitalists will work closely with your primary care physician and any consulting physicians who are involved in your care.

Why is a hospitalist caring for me? Your own primary care physician has requested that an IVCH hospitalist be in charge of your care during your stay at IVCH. In this way, you have the benefit of being seen by a physician whose practice is entirely focused on the care of hospitalized patients. Additionally, this can enable your primary care physician to be more available to you and other patients in the office, rather than trying to go back and forth between seeing patients in the office and the hospital.

How does the hospitalist practice work? The IVCH hospitalist will be in charge of your inpatient care and will see you every day to direct your care while you are in the hospital. The hospitalist will be available to you and your family to answer questions and discuss your care. The hospitalist works at IVCH full-time to provide for your care and attend to any needs that arise. The hospitalist may include other physicians in your care as well.

What is the relationship between the hospitalist and my primary care physician? The two physicians will work closely together. Your primary care physician can provide information about your past health history to the hospitalist, and the two physicians can discuss any significant findings or events. At the time of admission and discharge, the hospitalist prepares a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that is sent to your primary care physician. Communication continues between the hospitalist and your primary care physician throughout your stay at IVCH. Your primary care physician has asked the hospitalist to be in charge of your care while you are at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, but is welcome to check on you and discuss your care with the hospitalist during your hospital stay.

What if I need another specialist in the hospital? Your hospitalist will make arrangements for any in-hospital consultations with other physicians (specialists). If you have already been seeing other physicians at IVCH or elsewhere, be sure to let us know so that we can keep them informed about your hospital stay.

What happens to my care at discharge? Since the hospitalist does not have an office-based practice, you will continue care with your primary care physician upon your discharge. The hospitalist will make arrangements for any prescriptions you may need when you are discharged. You may be asked to make an appointment with your primary care physician soon after discharge. You are welcome to contact the hospitalist after discharge if you have any questions about your hospital stay.

What if I don’t have a regular primary care physician? The IVCH hospitalist, or any other member of the medical staff at IVCH, can assist in finding a physician for you to see after leaving the hospital. Records from your hospital stay can be sent to this physician.

Will I receive a separate bill for the hospitalist services? Yes, the hospitalist services bill is separate from the hospital bill. IVCH hospitalists are private doctors who provide direct clinical treatment, diagnostic services, and supervision of care for patients they are assigned at IVCH. The hospitalist’s billing company will invoice your insurance company as provided at registration and then bill you for any monies that are the patient’s responsibility (co-pays and deductible amounts). If you have any questions regarding your hospitalist services bill, please contact their business office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 800.210.7034 or apollobilling@eci-med.com.

How do I contact a hospitalist at IVCH? Providing excellent patient care is our top priority. If you or your family would like to speak with a member of the hospitalist team during the course of your inpatient stay, please ask your nurse to page the hospitalist on call.

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