tci Part B Insider - 2007 Issue 35

PART B MYTHBUSTER: Don't Let Consult Request Forms Tie You In Knots

Some specialists are asking for the moon, primary care physicians complainMyth: Consult requests should include every possible scrap of information on the patient.Reality: When a doctor requests a consult from your specialist, she only needs to list the reason for the consult and ask for the specialist's opinion. Some specialists have been  driving primary care practices insane by asking for too much information, say practices.The problem: Doctor X requests a consult from Doctor Y. Doctor Y responds by faxing Doctor X a form to fill out and fax back. The form doesn't just document the consult...

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