PrimeDoc of Frederick Hospitalist Service
Who are the FMH Hospitalists?
FMH Hospitalists are board certified physicians who specialize in caring
for our hospitalized patients. Our Hospitalists are hand-selected internal
medicine physicians affiliated with PrimeDoc Management Services, a corporation
that provides Hospitalist services for healthcare facilities in the mid-Atlantic
region. During your hospitalization, our Hospitalists will manage all
aspects of your hospital stay, including consultations with specialists,
scheduling tests, ordering medications and performing procedures.
How do Hospitalists affect patient care?
One of the greatest advantages of the program is our FMH Hospitalists are
available to care for inpatients seven days a week, twenty-four hours
a day. Our Hospitalists are always available to answer your questions
and to respond to any clinical care issues immediately. In case of an
emergency, your Hospitalist is never far away. Because our Hospitalists
are experts in hospital care, they are aware of the latest developments
in the care of hospitalized patients. Your Hospitalist knows every specialist
and department in the hospital. Because they work in the hospital, they
are able to follow up on tests and adjust your treatment regimen throughout the day.
How do Hospitalists work with my primary care physician?
In many cases your primary care physician may have referred you to our
team of Hospitalists to manage your care while hospitalized at FMH. If
you were referred to the hospital by your personal physician, he or she
contacts the Hospitalist and provides all of the necessary informaiton
about your condition or illness. If you are admitted through the Emergency
Department because of a medical illness, the Hospitalist will contact
your physician as needed. During the course of your hospitalization, your
Hospitalist will speak to your primary care physician on a frequent basis,
and keep him or her appraised of your progress. When you are discharged
from the hospital, your Hospitalist will discuss your further treatment
needs with your primary care physician, and will send your hospital records
to their office. You will be referred back to your regular doctor after
you are discharged from the hospital.
Will patients see only one Hospitalist?
The FMH Hospitalist program consists of a team of practicing Hospitalists
who follow their assigned patients daily. Patients may see one or more
of the Hospitalists during their course of hospitalization depending upon
their length of stay. The team coordinates each patient's care on
a daily, on-going basis.
What happens after patients are discharged by Hospitalists?
Before you leave the hospital, the Hospitalist will arrange for support
services and communicate all follow-up instructions to you, your family
and your personal physicians. If the patient does not have an established
physician, the Hospitalist makes arrangements to assign a physician for
Some other benefits of Hospitalist care.
Because Hospitalists are in the hospital 24 hours a day, they enable your
primary care physician to be more available to you during your office
visits. With fewer office delays and interruptions, your primary care
doctor will be able to devote more time to keeping you and your family
healthy. Also, with a hospitalist in the hospital at all hours of the
day and night, it is easier for your and your family to communicate about
your care when you might be critically ill.
Will I receive a separate bill for the Hospitalists' services?
Yes, Hospitalists charge for services rendered to patients just as any
other physician. In addition to your FMH bill, you will receive a separate
billing statement for your PrimeDoc Hospitalist services from:
Health Care Business Resources
147 Professional Lane
Pawley's Island, SC 29585
For questions regarding your billing statement please call: 1-800-815-7491