Off-site specialty care is a much needed complement to the care we deliver. But it does have challenges, including services coveted by the patient, public safety risk, and cost. The speaker will deconstruct the referral writing process to get a better understanding of what we’re asking for and why. Then she will write the optimal referral that will soar through any review process and give specialists what they need to
help us take care of the patient.
• Identify appropriate and inappropriate reasons to refer out for a specialty service
• Describe components of a well written, thought out, clear, concise referral
• Discuss medical and legal obligations to following (or not following) specialist recommendations