COMMENTS TO SPECIALIST
The patient is a 46-year-old Hispanic male with a history of cerebrovascular accident (CVA), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is treatment-naïve, and congestive heart failure (CHF) – referred for management of liver disease, HCV, heart failure, worsening liver function tests (LFTs), and thrombocytopenia. Aspartate aminotransferase to platelet ratio index (APRI) 4.3 pts.
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Patients are frequently told that specialists aren’t able to see them for several weeks or even months from the time that the patient receives a referral and attempts to make an appointment. This creates a backlog of patients who often don’t get seen by a specialist because the patient seeks care in another location, like the ED, or decides that the appointment isn’t necessary. So much time between the date the appointment is scheduled and the date of the appointment leads to forgotten and missed appointments and scheduling conflicts.