Our September E-Consult Workgroup webinar featured a guest presentation by Stanely Frencher, MD, CEO, HubMD and Desiree Sanchez, MD, UCLA, on the recent study titled E-Consult: A Novel Opportunity to Evaluate Hematuria Referrals For Medicaid Patients in the “Real World” Community.

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We are pleased to introduce the North Rural E-Consult Coalition (NREC), a group open to providers and stakeholders interested in improving access to specialty care through electronic consult. The NREC is a group of community health centers, health systems, physicians’ groups and health plans working together to create an inclusive program to address implementation needs, streamline referral…

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For our July meeting, the E-Consult Workgroup welcomed authors Michael L Barnett, MD and Hannah Byrnes-Enoch, MPH who will present on their recent publication, “Association of eConsult Implementation With Access to Specialist Care in a Large Urban Safety-Net System.” Our guests spoke to the results of the study and the success of e-consult at 19 New York…

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The August e-consult workgroup roundtable featured examples of the use of e-consult to address COVID-19, supporting providers in meeting regulatory requirements. In addition, we heard perspectives from our clinical advisors.

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During the August CVEC Roundtable, Dr. Marwan Haddad reviewed two de-identified COVID-related e-consults submitted by California providers and addressed by ConferMED specialists. Dr. Haddad is the Medical Director of the Center for Key Populations at Community Health Center Inc, CT, and a COVID expert.

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July’s roundtable highlight best practices from the clinics that kicked off the coalition: Camarena Health, Clinica Sierra Vista, Family HealthCare Network, Omni Family Health, United Health Centers, and Valley Health Team.

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A recently published paper in the Journal of Pediatric Dermatology assessed electronic health records of pediatric patients referred through e-Consults at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1/13/2020 to 7/17/2020 and reviewed confidential surveys taken by pediatricians and parents to assess receptiveness. The results of the study support the use of e-consult for pediatric dermatology and indicate that…

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In response to the current pain management access challenges faced in the Central Valley, June’s Roundtable featured a presentation by Bennet Davis, MD on e-consult for pain management. Dr. Bennet reviewed e-consult cases and e-consult steps for managing patients with chronic pain.

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The June E-Consult Workgroup webinar featured examples of state-level support for e-consult programs. Speakers include: Michele Canales, Office of Senator Anna Caballero, CA District 12 Mark Queirolo, Health Programs Office, State of Colorado Lisa Dulsky Watkins, MD, Director, Multipayer Primary Care Network, Milbank

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For Mental Health Month, May’s webinar featured Lucinda Leung, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCLA, speaking to eConsult Mental Health: Electronic Referral and Consultation to Integrate Primary Care and Mental Health, and Ed Cladera, MD, AristaMD, speaking to effective mental health e-consult cases. View the webinar here:

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A manuscript published in the International Journal of Quality Health Care titled, “Improving Primary Care Access to Respirologists Using eConsult” describes the findings from a retrospective review of 26,679 respirology eConsults. The publication details the most common topics and the most common types of questions asked by PCPs. The analysis found that in 23% of…

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The recent retrospective cohort study, “Clinical Effectiveness of an Outpatient Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Management Telementoring Service,” published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, demonstrates the effectiveness of e-consult in reducing opioid use. The pain e-consult program (PEP) used in the study is a multidisciplinary telementoring service based on the ECHO model. The findings indicate that…

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A recent study published in JAMA Health Forum analyzes 50,260 referral requests submitted during the year before and the year after e-consult implementation at 19 H+H specialty clinics in New York City. Researchers found that following e-consult implementation, 13% of referral requests were resolved electronically. Additionally, the percent of successfully scheduled in-person appointments increased 15.8%…

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A recent study illustrated how the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) Digital Academy, Bangalore, with the collaboration of Project ECHO worked throughout the pandemic to develop capacity for substance abuse disorder (SUD) management through telehealth, training over six thousand five hundred health care providers. The Centre of Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS initiated an…

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The April E-Consult Workgroup Webinar featured Joseph Simonetti, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Clinical Investigator, Colorado School of Public Health presenting the recent publication, Cost Savings Associated with Electronic Specialty Consultations, based on a study of the Veterans Health Administration e-consult program. In addition, Scott Brunner, MD, Monarch Healthcare, shared examples of e-consult cost effectiveness. You can view…

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