Hospitalists aim to reduce the confusion of a hospital stay and guide patients through their treatment. Although they are physicians, hospitalists don’t have an office practice. Instead, they serve as the single point of contact for a patient moving through the hospital, from admittance to discharge—and beyond.
Following the Supreme Court decision of King v. Burwell, healthcare reform is moving forward and with new models of care and payment, particularly Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, that will grow and expand. As this occurs, ACOs will require healthcare professionals with different skill sets and mindsets than those who practiced strictly under fee-for-service.