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Referring Practitioners can be pre-defined in a similar way to standard Practitioners so that regular referrals can be referenced easily when Recording a Patient's Visit. Referral details can also be added to Accounts, Receipts, and Statements.
Before you can use MedicalDirector PracSoft's referral features you must enable the option via Global Settings.
The following instructions explain how to create Referring Practitioner records.
What if the Practitioner sending the referral is also the Practitioner receiving the referral?
When a patient is invoiced for a non-standard service such receiving a diagnostic X-RAY, the practitioner performing the service indicates who the referring practitioner is. Typically this is a different practitioner, a different person.
However, it is possible for the practitioner who refers the patient to be the same person who performs the non-standard service. In other words, in rare circumstances, it is possible for a practitioner to refer their patient to themselves, acting in another capacity.
In such cases, the practitioner must be added to MedicalDirector PracSoft a second time, as a Referring Practitioner, so that when they invoice the patient for the non-standard service they perform, they can select their other record as the referral. It is not sufficient to simply maintain a single Practitioner record which indicates their LSPN, because to do so means that every time you wish to invoice a patient, you will be required to indicate a referral, and this isn't necessarily what you want to happen every time. Below are instructions for invoicing where the Referring Practitioner is self-referred.
Admin > Referring Prac
/ Address Book. The Referring
Practitioners window appears.
add or edit a referring practitioner, click or The Referring Provider Details
3. Enter the details for the Referring Practitioner and click to save these details.
1. Ensure that the 'original' practitioner has been added to MedicalDirector PracSoft as a 'Registered' Practitioner.
you must create a referring practitioner
record for the Registered Practitioner. Referring Practitioners are not
added to MedicalDirector PracSoft like standard
practitioners, rather their records are added to MedicalDirector PracSoft's
From the MedicalDirector PracSoft main window, select Admin > Referring Prac. The Referring Practitioners window appears.
3. Add a Referring Practitioner as explained above, remembering that you are adding a referring practitioner record for a practitioner who already has a standard record, and therefore their Provider Number should be the same.
4. Now you must save the original practitioner to MedicalDirector PracSoft again, as another Registered Practitioner. In other words, the practitioner will now have two 'Registered' Practitioner entries in MedicalDirector PracSoft;
o The first is their 'standard' entry which they invoice 'standard' consultations for.
o The second is their 'referred' entry which they invoice 'non-standard' consultations for (those that require the use of their LSPN).
Admin > Practitioners. The
Registered Practitioners window
This opens a list of practitioners you already have
in your system. Double-click the practitioner you wish to add as a Registered
Practitioner a second time.
• Enter details as normal, keeping in mind the following:
· You must enter a Location name, such as 'X-RAY' for example. This helps you to differentiate between Registered Practitioners when invoicing.
· You must enter the Practitioner's LSPN, as it is this registered practitioner record you will be using when invoicing for services involving diagnostic equipment.
· You must tick the Referral Required check box, as it is this registered practitioner record who will be receiving referrals from your main registered practitioner record
· You must ensure that the Practitioner Status displays the practitioner's actual status within the Practice.
when you add a patient
to the Waiting Room, you can select the new Registered Practitioner
from the list provided, as shown below.
when you record the referral details against a patient's invoice, you
can specify that the referral was given by the Referring Practitioner
you created above.