May I be the attending physician for my patient?
Yes. DeKalb Medical's LTAC maintains an open admission policy. All attending or consulting physicians must have current privileges at DeKalb Medical's LTAC.
Our medical director and primary care physicians have expert knowledge and vast experience to meet the complex needs of the typical LTAC patient, and they work within the necessary interdisciplinary model of care provided by the LTAC program. Our staff will consult appropriate specialists and can assume attending responsibilities to lead the LTAC treatment plan and manage your patient’s day-to-day medical needs. We will provide ongoing communication with you to ensure continuity of care.
You are welcome to become a member of our team and continue in the care of your patient. To obtain privileges to become an attending or consulting physician, call Medical Staff Services at 404.501.5214.
If I choose not to be the attending physician, what will my role be in my patient’s treatment?
As the referring and/or primary care physician, we will automatically forward all progress reports to your office as you specify. You are also welcome to attend our weekly team conferences, conducted at the same day and time each week, and continue following your patient while he/she is here at LTAC. When your patient is discharged, we will automatically contact your office to schedule a return appointment for him/her.
Will I lose my patient if I surrender attending responsibility to LTAC’s primary care physicians?
No. We appreciate referring physicians continuing to monitor and participate in their patient’s treatment and recovery. During the course of the LTAC program, we will forward progress reports as you specify and upon discharge we will contact your office to schedule a return appointment for your patient. Also, you are welcome to attend our weekly patient care conferences.
How do I make a referral?
If you have a patient whom you believe is an appropriate candidate for the LTAC level of care, you can refer him/her via one of the following convenient ways:
A member of our staff will perform an assessment at no charge and help you determine if your patient meets our admissions criteria. The assessment can be conducted at an acute-care hospital, in a nursing home, in the physician’s office or at the patient’s home. To schedule an assessment, call 404.501.6262.