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Health system creates more costly red tape

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Hospitalist. Hospitalist who? (Dead silence.)

I recently spent two days in an area hospital and heard a new word that I can’t find in my dictionary or in my spell checker. There seems to be one more new level of health care and all the expenses that entails.

It was explained to me that a hospitalist is a provider (physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner) who specializes in hospitalized patients. Apparently your primary care physician can request the services of a company that will be an intermediary between the physician and the hospital doctor or specialists who may have been assigned to your case.

Another layer of red tape to go through, and another layer of expense to your medical insurance? Another layer of paperwork and time? How can this new system improve on direct communication between your doctor and needed specialists?

Marian F. Ward

Hamburg