It may seem redundant, or not cost effective; to utilize both a Physician Peer Review and an LNC Report. However, they both have a unique perspective. And when you combine the two, the result affords you a more complete timeline of both the events that have happened, and what may still occur with the patient.
The Physician Peer Review
A major standard in the industry, a Physician Peer Review, or medical review, of the case can give you a pinpointed, detailed reporting of what has happened to date. It provides intricate details about specific pieces associated with the medical event and how those pieces fit directly together.
More myopic in construction, the medical review yields very precise answers and insight to a medical event and subsequent treatment strategies. Simply put, consider it a very accurate snapshot in time of the patient and the event.
The LNC Report
Also a major standard in the industry, the LNC takes the medical review and expands it. It provides information about peripheral factors relevant to the case as well. It considers long-term patient care and interaction, the insurance role in the completion of the case, and a review of all record keeping involved.
This broader approach can easily yield inconsistencies that may otherwise go undetected. It can also yield administrative concerns that can directly affect other cases.
Using a Whole Person Approach
The patient involved may have a single event or episode in your facility. But the effects and ramifications of that single event can weigh heavily on the future treatment of all patients. By utilizing both reports you garner a more complete picture of the patient’s impact on the health care profession and the associated support industries.
Without using both reports, you could very well end up making future patient decisions with one eye closed.
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