To make the patient's consent forms more trustworthy, you should have an access system to monitor and control the state of the consent forms. However, most patients don't trust their healthcare professionals to properly control the consent forms as they are not aware of how easy it is for them to make the wrong choice.
It is essential that a doctor or registered nurse read every consent form and get the consent from the patient as quickly as possible. Some patient's insurance provider may also have its own forms that the patient can be signed. This is good as the insurance company will need to know what the patient wants and what his/her expectations are.
When a patient gives consent to receive information from his/her health care provider, there are two options to ensure that consent is properly documented, the first is to call the patient and record the information in writing and the second is to send a certified letter and a signed consent form directly to the patient. This is why having an access system to monitor the state of the consent forms is important.
In the past, many doctors' offices created their own forms. This was one way for them to save time and money because it meant they could send more information to the patient without having to wait for a copy to arrive at the doctor's office. However, this method did not necessarily provide the patient with an accurate view of the consent form, since doctors' offices would be sending information out to different places which could have sent the patient a different and inaccurate document.
In order to find the most accurate form, doctors' offices have to make sure that the document that they send to the patient's insurance provider is the same one that the patient signed. The patient should be notified that the doctors' office sent him/her the appropriate form for the information that he/she gave to them so that the patient has a chance to verify the form if it is not the same one.
A doctor's office should not send two identical documents to the same place as it will mean that the doctor will have to resend the information to the patient's insurance provider. This can take some time for the insurance company to process the consent form.
Another option for doctors' offices to send a consent form is to use the fax machine. However, it will not be very accurate and does not guarantee that the consent form is the same one that the patient signed.
Instead of using the fax machine, doctors' offices should consider emailing the consent form instead. By emailing the consent form, the doctor will have the exact consent form that he/she sent to the patient.
Once the doctor's office has the consent form, the next step is to create a template to send to all patients. This is done by taking the consent form and deleting all the information that is unnecessary or irrelevant to the consent form.
Next, they should take the template that they created and upload it to their websites that is used by patients to fill out the consent form. The patient will only have to fill out the information that is relevant to the consent form and will only have to fill in the name of the patient, the contact information and the patient's consent form.
Once the consent form is filled out by the patient, it will only take the patient about twenty minutes to get the consent form back in the mail. Once it is received, the insurance company will automatically get in touch with the doctor's office and have the consent form verified so that the patient will be able to continue receiving care from the doctor's office.
Most patients don't feel comfortable with how the doctor communicated with them about the consent form. By being able to access a consent form monitoring system on the computer of the doctor's office, it will make it much easier for the patient to get back to normal with the doctor's office.