Internists are trained to solve diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. In today’s complex medical environment, internists take pride in caring for their patients for life—in the office and during hospitalization. When other medical specialists are involved, we coordinate the patient’s care and manage difficult medical problems associated with that care.
Internists can choose to focus their practice on general internal medicine, or may take additional training to “subspecialize” in an area of internal medicine. Nephrologists, for example, are doctors of internal medicine who specialize in diseases of the kidneys. Subspecialty training (called a “fellowship), usually requires an additional one to three years beyond the standard general internal medicine training.
Medicare Accountable Care Organization:
Our practice is participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program. an ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, and/or other health care providers working together with Medicare to give you better, more coordinated service and health care.
Patient Centered Medical Home:
The patient centered medical home provides health care that is relationship-based with an orientation toward the whole person. Partnering with patients and their families requires understanding and respecting each patient’s unique needs, culture, values, and preferences. The medical home practice actively supports patients in learning to manage and organize their own care at the level the patient chooses. Recognizing that patients and families are core members of the care team, medical home practices ensure that they are fully informed partners in establishing care plans.