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Recent research has shown that “patients cared for by hospitalists were less likely to be discharged to home and were more likely to have emergency room visits and readmissions after discharge. They also had fewer visits with their primary physician and more nursing facility visits after discharge.” Annals of Internal Medicine, August 2, 2011. This means more patients are being discharged to nursing homes under this Hospitalist model. Research published in the Journal of American Medical Association, August 24, 2011 concluded that due to incomplete communication from one physician to another, medicines for chronic diseases were being discontinued while patients were in the hospital. This led to an increased risk of death, hospitalization, and emergency department visits up to 1 year after hospital discharge. There is increasing evidence indicating that in the current hospital environment it is crucial to have a physician as your advocate and overseeing your care; a physician who has known you, your family, and your medical history for years.
-Raymond Kordonowy, MD
Premium Membership: This option is offered annually during an enrollment period of October 1st through December 31st to established patients. Dr. Kordonowy will be available to you for one year for as many hospitalizations that may occur. You will be provided with a special phone number to access him directly, 24 hours a day, when you are hospitalized.
Annual fee: $1,500 for Charter Members, $1,750 for new enrollees. This price is subject to change on an annual basis. Visit www.cypress-medical.com if you wish to be considered for next year’s enrollment. Depending upon demand, this service may be limited. New patients may sign up for the Service at any time. Established patients may not sign up for the Service after the enrollment period.
Due to these declines in hospital care, Dr. Kordonowy offers a concierge hospital service for his patients called the Inpatient Advocate Service™.
This service includes: