Sample electronic consultation response
A sample electronic consultation, or eConsult, is based on an actual response from a specialist. All patient, provider, and specialist details have been removed to de-identify these eConsults. This booklet includes specialty care responses for cardiology, certified diabetic education, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatric medicine, hematology, neurology, psychiatry & addiction medicine, pulmonology and rheumatology. See all of our available specialty & sub-specialty areas available for eConsults.
3 ways eConsults support reducing costs and improving the quality of healthcare
eConsults offer an ideal solution for reducing costs and improving the quality of healthcare. With healthcare spending on the rise and healthcare organizations focused on improving patient satisfaction scores, patients who are uninsured, under-insured, or often have high-deductible health plans that make them reluctant to visit a specialist. Learn more about three specific ways immediate access to specialty care within the primary care office reduces healthcare costs for patients.
In 2016, U.S. healthcare spending increased by 4.3 percent, reaching a high of $3.3 trillion. This cost burden affects everyone across the spectrum of care. One growing trend intended to reduce overall healthcare costs is a shift to high-deductible health plans, with many patients responsible for paying more in out-of-pocket costs than ever before. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, consumer out-of-pocket spending rose at six times the rate of wages over the past 16 years. Patient out-of-pocket spending now accounts for 30 percent of healthcare revenue. For instance, a patient is typically responsible for $300 of a $1,000 hospital bill.