Saturday, November 29, 2008
So starting today I will be known as a "PREHOSPITALIST". That my ticket. I see patient's before they get to the hospital and try to divert them before they get sick enough to be admitted. I see the sickest of the sick. End stage renal disease, transplant patients, double transplant patients, end stage copd, end stage chf, end stage anything, and frequent fliers.
Send them all to me. Send me your hardest patients. And I will bend over backward to keep them out of the hospital. I will see them weekly. Daily if I have to. I'll manage them aggressively. I'll return their phone calls promptly. I'll fit them into my schedule at a moments notice.
And I will manage them. Comanage them with their specialists. In fact I will call the specialists so often to discuss management that they will be sick of me. But I will cut their hospitalization rate down by 75 percent. And they will get better. And utilize less resources, and thrive.
Yet I will still see healthy people. And do annual screenings. And make unexpected diagnosis. And while I may not be an expert in any field I will still know enough about most fileds. And when death comes I will be there to comfort. And to advise. A jack of all trades.
And I will be what used to be known as an internist. Or a pcp. Back in the days when those titles garnered respect. But don't you dare call me that now! I am a "prehospitalist" to you bucko. And don't you forget it!
Posted by Jordan Grumet at 4:55 PM