Don’t be confused by “Inpatient Medical Associates” on your billing statement.

If you’ve recently been to the hospital and received two separate bills, the explanation is simple. One of them comes from us, the other from your hospital. You’re not being billed for anything extra, you’re just getting bills from two separate care providers.

Inpatient Medical Associates is working with your hospital to deliver the medical services you recently received.

What is a Hospitalist?

Our physicians are known as hospitalists—they focus on the care of hospitalized patients. Following medical school, hospitalists typically undergo residency training in general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or family practice, but they may also receive training in other medical disciplines.

Unlike medical specialists in the emergency department or critical care units, hospitalists care for patients through the entire inpatient experience, often seeing patients in the ER, following them into the critical care unit, and arranging for care after discharge from the hospital.

Hospitalists also care for patients who don’t have primary care doctors.

Why was I Treated by a Hospitalist?

Many patients are referred to hospitalists by their primary care physicians (PCPs) for treatment while they are hospitalized. After discharge, they then return to the care of their PCPs. If you’ve been referred by a surgeon or another medical subspecialist, hospitalists will also treat you—and consult on your case—during your hospitalization.

Communication with Your Primary Doctor

Physicians and hospitals are increasingly implementing programs in which a dedicated group of physicians is providing specified in-hospital services, rather than moving between the inpatient and the ambulatory settings. Our providers work with each patient’s primary care physician to communicate changes in health status and discuss the appropriate course of treatment.

Why Multiple Bills?

Our team of doctors, physician assistants, and other medical professionals who treated you work for Inpatient Medical Associates, and charges for their services appear on our bill.

Basic hospital charges—for your room, meals, equipment usage, etc.—appear on a bill from the hospital itself. You also may receive additional bills from specialists who cared for you.

We hope this clears up any confusion. If you still have questions, please call (800) 522-3998.