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Patients at community health clinics less likely to be referred to cardiologist
Date:4/27/2009

was not a factor in the disparities found in this study. Researchers found that Medicare and Medicaid recipients were more likely to obtain a consultation than those privately insured. They said the disparities they noted may be larger in settings outside academic medical centers.

Leveling the consultation access playing field will take a multilevel approach combining increased patient awareness, removal of access barriers and provider/system changes to identify and refer appropriate patients for consultation for ongoing management of heart disease, Cook said.

"The last thing that anyone wants is to simply increase the number of patients referred for consultation," she said. "We need to figure out who needs specialty care and when, and provide it to them. There may be a role for targeted increased utilization of cardiology consultation and referral among particular patients or groups where most appropriate."


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Contact: Karen Astle
karen.astle@heart.org
214-706-1392
American Heart Association
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