Coordination of Care
Coordination of care is especially important for patients with high utilization of general medical services and those referred to a behavioral health specialist by another health care practitioner. Empire urges all of its practitioners to obtain the appropriate permission from these patients to coordinate care between Behavioral Health and other health care practitioners at the time treatment begins.
We expect all health care practitioners to:
- Discuss with the patient the importance of communicating with other treating practitioners.
- Obtain a signed release from the patient and file a copy in the medical record.
- Document in the medical record if the patient refuses to sign a release.
- Document in the medical record if you request a consultation.
- If you make a referral, transmit necessary information; and if you are furnishing a referral, report appropriate information back to the referring practitioner.
- Document evidence of clinical feedback (i.e., consultation report) that includes, but is not limited to:
In an effort to facilitate coordination of care Empire has several tools available on empireblue.com including a Coordination of Care Form and Coordination of Care Letter Templates for both Behavioral Health and other Medical Practitioners.* Behavioral Health tools are available, which includes forms, brochures, and screening tools for Substance Abuse, ADHD, and Autism. Please refer to the website for a complete list.**
December 2020 Empire Provider News