Exchange of Information
Many medical conditions can be related to other conditions or their treatment. Effective coordination of care depends upon clear and timely communication among patients, providers and facilities. This communication allows informed treatment decisions and decreases the potential for unwanted medication interactions and duplicated testing, increasing your safety and helping control cost.
Here’s how you can help.
- Communicate with your personal doctor. You two are a team, the way to make your team stronger is by letting your personal doctor know about any visits you have with other providers (such as specialists and behavioral health providers).
- Keep your doctor up to date on your medications and doses. Being aware of all medications you take helps your personal doctor see the complete picture. This helps you avoid medication interactions and duplicated tests, leading to improved outcomes and increased safety.
- Sign a release if you visit providers outside of your personal doctor’s organization. When your personal doctor refers you to a specialist, information is usually shared as allowed by privacy laws. However, if you choose to seek services outside of your primary provider’s organization, ask whether a release needs to be signed so information can be sent to your personal doctor.
Open communication and exchange of information allow you and your personal doctor to develop a complete and more successful plan of care. Think of them as your copilot, helping you navigate the way to a healthier you.