Your SHMG physician will keep a careful watch over your patient during admission. SHMG group members are on call 24/7, and overnight needs are handled by a SHMG hospitalist. We will see your patients daily, keep you informed of their progress, consult you when appropriate, and honor any preferences you have for referrals to consulting physicians. Upon discharge, we perform careful medication reconciliation and appropriate discharge follow-up plans. If your patient is discharged to a skilled nursing environment, SHMG physicians round on your patients there as well to provide continuity of care.
Many of our referring providers simply communicate via secure text, phone, or email to let our group members know a patient of theirs is on his/her way to the hospital. Whether patients arrive in the ED or are directly admitted to the hospital, we are diligent about seeing them promptly.
Hospital admissions are rough on patients regardless of age, diagnosis, and presence of comorbidities. We know that one of the best ways to keep patients out of the hospital and prevent them from getting sick enough to get readmitted, is to have an appropriate, safe, discharge plan on returning home. SHMG physicians conduct care transition summaries and medication reconciliation, and when appropriate, an SHMG pharmacist will call the patient at home to ensure proper medication usage. SHMG physicians follow up with patients discharged to skilled nursing environments, and for select patients who are in need, we provide home visits.