Endocrinology eConsult Graves Disease

Endocrinology eConsult Graves Disease


eConsult Graves Disease


This is a 67-year-old female with Graves disease. She is being treated with Tapazole 5/2.5 qod.

  • Labs
    • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): 1.37
    • Thyroxine (T4) total: 5.7
    • Triiodothyronine Receptors (T3R): 33
    • Free T4 (FT4) Index: 1.9


Please evaluate for medication adjustment. The patient’s appointment with Endocrinologist is 4 months out.

Measuring Greater Access to Specialty Care

Measuring Patient Access to Specialty Care

With considerable time and effort, at-risk practices identify patients at high risk of serious health events. We want to use this same information to develop an eConsult strategy. To increase patient access to specialty care, consider which specialties have:

  • Long Appointment Wait Times
  • Higher Costs
  • Address Conditions Easily Managed by PCPs
  • Not Need A Face-to-Face Visit

Using eConsults in these situations will drive cost savings, improve outcomes and decrease the risk of:

  • ED use – a costly alternative to a specialist visit.
  • Unscheduled or canceled specialty care appointments.
  • Boomerang appointments to primary care.

Increasing access to specialty care is the goal. Together, we can track and communicate which specialties are most:

  • Needed by the patients you serve
  • Likely to improve outcomes
  • Appropriate for eConsult
  • Valuable to your practice

Identify Specialties with Long Appointment Wait Times

There are many reasons why patients must wait too long to get an appointment with a specialist.

  • Not all specialists accept Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Doctors in many specialty areas are unevenly distributed across the country.
  • Patient referrals are often scheduled by the urgency of the condition.
  • Current patients are prioritized for appointments.

Merritt Hawkins reports that the nationwide average wait time to see an orthopedic surgeon is relatively short – just 16.9 days. However, looking at the average can be misleading.

  • This average is a 48% increase when compared to 2017
  • Getting an appointment with an orthopedist varies tremendously by location – San Diego averages 55 days!

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