This is just awful. What is? When a patient has to go here and there to get everything they need for pre-op or for surgery. There is just too much involved. Labs, x-rays, other exams especially if you have heart disease. I really want pre-operative preparation to become another specialty that a physician can choose to focus on in terms of their medical practice. One may say that this type of exam is no different than a physical or a first time patient visit. But it is, in that there are a myriad of tests that a high risk patient may have to undergo in order to have his or her surgery. Such tests may be unnecessary during a physical or first time patient visit especially if you do not have other issues or complaints. Too many tests and other factors that have to be noted in order for the surgeons office to get approval for the surgery. If I were to be a coordinator of sorts in a medical facility, pre-op surgery would be considered a specialty. This way a patient could have their labs, physician evaluation and other testing that is necessary for a patient to undergo surgery without that time and preparation spent that interferes with other patient visits. Somehow, when patients arrive at their physicians office for pre-op visits they are put in between regular patient visits and so is their paper/EMR work that has to be prepared and evaluated to be sent afterwards to the surgeons office. This means that if a patient needs to see other physicians or have other testing outside of the primary care office then that testing and other evaluation, known as results must be sent or given to the primary care physician who is doing the pre-op for the patient. This often takes time and is not well coordinated because these visits are between other visits and often the reports and such do not get communicated to the physician so that they can all be sent to the surgeon or hospital within enough time for the surgery. The front office has enough to do with other appointments that happen and when they have to gather pre-op information from here and there or if not available they have to locate the physician from another office, usually more than one just so that the patient can finally have surgery it becomes another medical speciality. Doctors are usually dumb and or boring, such as the job of a front office medical worker to handle such nonsense. At this rate, retirement or the thought of it is my only happiness. I do agree that I am in this unfortunate employment under didactic circumstances. Which is really laughable. I get nothing out of this, it ain't me-it's you! Pre-op testing should have it's own entity. Since it takes time to evaluate sick or even healthy patients and to make sure that every thing is optimal concerning the health of the patient and the coordination of all other medical records from other physicians prior to surgery. When pre-op testing is the focus of a medical office or specialty then it eliminates confusion and other problems that occur and it creates an expedient medical visit for most patients so that their surgery can be done as scheduled.
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