When referring a patient to a specialist, you should have a mechanism in place to alert you if a consultation report is not received back in a timely manner. If it was important enough for the patient to see a specialist, then receiving the consultation report is of equal importance. An adequate tracking system can help reduce risks and help you provide safe, high-quality care. The tracking system can be manual or electronic.
Here are tips for tracking referrals:
Consultation reports should be reviewed, initialed, and dated by the physician before they are filed in the medical record.
The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.