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We found 6 hospitalists who accept L.A. Care Health Plan near Lancaster, CA.

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Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
43839 15th Street W
Lancaster, CA
 

Dr. Walter Ang works as a hospitalist. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
43839 15th Street W
Lancaster, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Dawes is a hospitalist in Lancaster, CA. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dawes takes. She studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
43839 15th Street W
Lancaster, CA
 

Dr. Luis Tan practices hospital medicine (hospitalist) and adult pulmonology in Lancaster, CA. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. Dr. Tan studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.

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Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
43839 15th Street W
Lancaster, CA
 

Dr. Davy Figueroa's area of specialization is hospital medicine (hospitalist). Dr. Figueroa takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.

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Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
43839 15th Street W
Lancaster, CA
 

Dr. Michael Guthrie works as a hospitalist in Lancaster, CA. Dr. Guthrie is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
43839 15th Street W
Lancaster, CA
 

Dr. Charles Lim practices hospital medicine (hospitalist). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more.

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What is Hospital Medicine?

The specialty of hospital medicine emerged in the 1990s in response to a changing healthcare environment. Hospitals and insurance companies were trying to lower costs, and at the same time physicians were beginning to push back against the extremely long work hours they traditionally kept. Instead of paying every physician to be on-call all hours of the day for their patients at hospitals around the community, a service that was rarely used anyway, hospitals began to hire their own physicians and specialists to work exclusively at each building. These healthcare professionals treat patients on-site, providing care exclusively within their own hospital. Today, healthcare providers can specialize in hospital medicine, a specialty that focuses on the safety of patients as well as efficient management of hospital resources.

Hospital medicine is the name of the specialty, and it encompasses all providers, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Doctors who specialize in hospital medicine are sometimes called hospitalists. Hospitalists usually specialize in a specific medical field, for example OB/GYN, neurology, psychology, or pediatrics. An OB/GYN hospitalist, for example, offers women’s health care at a hospital. A pediatric hospitalist treats children at a hospital.

Hospital medicine offers many advantages not only for hospitals, but for patients and general physicians as well. It means there will always be a trained physician, awake and ready, at the hospital when needed. It increases teamwork and communication between the staff at a hospital if they work together daily and know each other well. It relieves pressure on other physicians who may have a demanding caseload in their office during the day or who work in rural areas far from the nearest hospital. As the use of complex medical technology increases, hospitalists become familiar with the systems in each building and can use it more effectively, increasing hospital safety and productivity.