Work­place clin­ics need to em­pha­size care co­or­di­na­tion

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent fea­ture “Com­pany doc­tor­ing” (Dec. 7, p. 20), which fo­cused on health­care costs, let’s not over­look an­other key com­po­nent to man­ag­ing cost: co­or­di­na­tion of care with the em­ployee’s reg­u­lar pri­mary-care provider, if the worker has one. Al­though po­ten­tially a touchy is­sue, co­or­di­na­tion and shar­ing of med­i­cal records can lower costs as­so­ci­ated with du­pli­ca­tion of labs. There’s also the sig­nif­i­cantly higher costs of man­ag­ing health­care-re­lated com­pli­ca­tions and med­i­ca­tion du­pli­ca­tion that might arise if treat­ment plans con­flict or if key in­for­ma­tion is un­avail­able to ei­ther prac­ti­tioner.

Daniel Mor­gan Chapel Hill, N.C.

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