Hospitalist program

Optum has a special Hospitalist program in more than 20 Los Angeles and Orange County hospitals. This program is designed to help take the best possible care of our patients who need to be hospitalized.

A Hospitalist is a medical doctor who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. Our Hospitalists team up with Care Managers, who are registered nurses. Together, they see our patients in the hospital and make sure they get the right care at the right facility.

If you are admitted to an Optum contracted hospital, a Hospitalist will spend time with you and your family going over your medical history, your medications, and your treatment.

When It's Time to Leave the Hospital

When you are ready to leave the hospital to go home or to another care setting like a skilled nursing center, a Care Manager will work with you and your family or caregivers to help make that transition smooth. Your Care Manager may assess the home setting you'll be returning to, ensure that you have any medical equipment or home health services you may need, and more. He or she will also make sure your primary care doctor knows the details of your hospital stay.

Follow-Up after Your Hospital Stay

Even after you return home, a Care Manager will call to make sure you are doing well, see if you have any questions that may not have been answered before you left the hospital, and ensure that appropriate follow-up appointments, lab tests, or doctor visits are scheduled.