Patient Story: Team-Based Care Leads to Successful Health Outcomes
A 34-year-old female new patient recently came in to Doctors Care for a physical that included a pelvic exam, blood work, visual acuity screening, audiometry (hearing screening), depression screening and a dental cleaning appointment. During her medical appointment it was noted that she was experiencing some difficulty swallowing. The patient was then seen by Doctors Care's Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) for a preventive cleaning.
During her head, neck and oral cancer exam the RDH noticed a mass on the patient's tonsil. The RDH conferred with the medical provider, and a referral was made to Care Coordination. Within a couple of hours, the Care Coordinator at Doctors Care had arranged for the patient to see a Medicaid-accepting specialist. Within a week, the patient had an upper GI scope that revealed a papilloma, which was successfully removed four days later.
We at Doctors Care are excited to see situations like this happen more and more frequently, as efforts to incorporate team based care are taking hold and leading to better health outcomes for our patients.