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We found 3 hospitalists who accept Aetna near Saint Joseph, MO.

Dr. Tamara Louise Crouse, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
5325 Faraon Street
Saint Joseph, MO
 

Dr. Tamara Crouse's areas of specialization are family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist); she sees patients in Saint Joseph, MO and Kansas City, MO. Dr. Crouse's hospital/clinic affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more.

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Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
5325 Faraon Street
Saint Joseph, MO
 

Dr. Berhane Solomon's specialty is hospital medicine (hospitalist). He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. Dr. Solomon is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. His professional affiliations include Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Specializes in Hospital Medicine
5325 Faraon Street
Saint Joseph, MO
 

Dr. Tiffany Watson-Hubbard practices hospital medicine (hospitalist) in Saint Joseph, MO and Kansas City, MO. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Watson-Hubbard attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Watson-Hubbard is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. She is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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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.