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We found 4 hospitalists who accept United Healthcare Gold near Corpus Christi, TX.

Dr. Elizabeth Lynn Chmelik, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
1660 S Staples Street; Suite 150
Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Elizabeth Chmelik specializes in family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist) and practices in Austin, TX, Corpus Christi, TX, and Round Rock, TX. Dr. Chmelik is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA.

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Dr. Elizabeth Ann Thyssen, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Hospital Medicine
3533 South Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Elizabeth Thyssen, who practices in Houston, TX, Pearland, TX, and Corpus Christi, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric hospital medicine. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Dr. Thyssen attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was performed at Driscoll Children's Hospital. She is in-network for United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare Bronze, and United Healthcare Silver, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
1660 S Staples Street; Suite 150
Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Marc Ibanez is a Corpus Christi, TX physician who specializes in hospital medicine (hospitalist). He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ibanez honors.

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Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
3315 S Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Sudhakar Papineni practices adult hospital medicine in Corpus Christi, TX. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Papineni takes United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, 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.