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One LEAP site created this comprehensive Medical Neighborhood implementation guide to facilitate communication and agreements between primary care and specialty practices. This resource will help you improve coordination of your patients' care by providing background information and review of the evidence, example templates, and considerations of a care coordination agreement, and how to monitor and continually improve the relationship within that agreement.
LEAP site The Wright Center has a referral manager who tracks referrals in the EHR. Exception reports to ensure that the loop is fully closed, meaning that consult notes from the specialist have been received. The practice also has a social worker care coordinator who helps address patient barriers to completing a specialty visit. See how the practice uses EMR to manage referrals or watch a webinar for more information: http://www.safetynetmedicalhome.org/change-concepts/care-coordination