Thomas Bodenheimer, MD
Requests for Single Reprints: Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, Building 80-83, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110; e-mail, TBodenheimer@fcm.ucsf.edu.
Bodenheimer T. Coordinating Care: A Major (Unreimbursed) Task of Primary Care. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:730-731. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-147-10-200711200-00010
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(10):730-731.
For several decades, first-contact care, continuity of care, comprehensive care, and coordinated care have been core attributes of primary care (1). Of these features, perhaps the most problem-ridden is the task of coordinating the care of patients among multiple entities beyond the primary care practice, that is, specialists, ancillary services, pharmacies, hospitals, and home care agencies. Studies demonstrate that referrals from primary care physicians to specialists often lack sufficient (or any) flow of information in either direction (2, 3). In this era of hospitalists, primary care physicians are often uninformed about what took place during their patients' hospital stay (4).
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