Working Together for Better Patient Care: Networks with Primary and Specialty Care Offer Advantages
Many of us may go for years with relatively few health problems and are able to rely solely on a primary care physician for check-ups, routine screenings, and the occasional sore throat or cough. However, we’re all susceptible to illnesses that require more in-depth care. You may need to see a specialist for a procedure or to either rule out or confirm a particular diagnosis. At other times, your primary care physician may have already made a diagnosis but wants you to receive treatment offered by a specialist.
Should the need for more complex medical care arise, having easy access to qualified specialists can save you time and provide peace of mind. A network of physicians that includes both primary care and specialists offers patients more coordinated and efficient care that improves treatment and recovery. Some of these advantages include:
Shared Records Save Time and Boost Safety
All doctors within one network will use the same electronic medical records system, assuring that each doctor you see can easily view what other doctors in the network are treating, including any tests ordered, test results, and medications prescribed. This can help prevent duplication of blood work or procedures and avoid potentially dangerous medication interactions.
Providers on the Same Page
It’s often easier for doctors within the same network to communicate with each other by phone or email to coordinate treatment and care of a common patient. In addition to the electronic medical record, it’s helpful for your primary care physician to have a convenient way to talk to a specialist about test results or next steps. You can be sure all the doctors in the network are on the same page regarding your care.
Ease of Appointment Scheduling
If your primary care doctor refers you to a specialist, it’s more likely they will be able to schedule an appointment right away, possibly even before you leave the office. This can save you valuable time, get you to the specialist more quickly, and avoid the hassle of a staff member needing to call you back with an appointment time.
A Model for Care Coordination in Greensboro, NC
LeBauer HealthCare, which includes primary care offices throughout the Triad and six specialty groups, has been nationally recognized for implementation of the Patient-Centered Medical Homes™ model for coordinated, comprehensive medical management. This means all LeBauer primary care offices meet national standards for coordinating care among all of a patient’s doctors while emphasizing communication and patient involvement. Recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home™ is gained by meeting care practices set by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
In addition to primary care, specialities offered within the LeBauer network include gastroenterology, neurology, endocrinology, sports medicine, behavioral medicine, and pulmonology and critical care. To schedule an appointment with a primary care office or discover more information about LeBauer specialists, call the location that is most convenient for you.