Pain is the most common complaint that compels patients to visit your practice. Pain can also be the most difficult issue to manage, especially when there is no cure for the underlying cause.
This is why Shephard Group Healthcare Partners has developed several methods of pain diagnosis and treatment that will help you to help your patients feel better and get back to living life.
This is where every pain protocol should begin; with the Pain Dx profile. The average doctor visit lasts 9 minutes. That gives the patient a 9-minute window of opportunity to let the doctor know what they are experiencing, and for the doctor to come to a conclusion on a diagnosis. However, studies have shown that of the average time spent with a patient, the patient talks 20% of the time and the doctor talks 80% of the time. This standard interaction is not sufficient to properly communicate exactly what the patient is feeling. Unfortunately for both patient and doctor, this poor communication is also a key cause in misdiagnosed cases.
Pain Dx is an assessment tool that can be given to any patient who initially presents with pain complaints. Whether the pain be from headache, musculoskeletal pain, internal pain, or anything in between, the Pain Dx assessment tool will deliver the information you need to make a clear and concise diagnoses. A proper initial diagnosis leads to proper treatment decision and better patient outcomes.
The Pain Dx tool was established by an award winning neurosurgeon at John’s Hopkins University Medical Center, and has been endorsed by pain physicians and neurosurgeons across the U.S.
The Pain Dx assessment only takes 20 minutes of the patient’s time and is given as a pre-visit assessment before the patient sees the doctor. A scientific algorithm is used to decode the patient’s responses to the questions and report potential diagnoses. Trials have proven that doctor diagnosis improve accuracy by 80% when using the Pain Dx assessment prior to the patient visit.
The results of an accurate initial diagnosis mean proper treatment in a more timely manner, as well as increased reimbursements due to immediate, billable procedures.
A patient comes to your clinic with a complaint of neck pain, after an accident, with a normal MRI, normal upright X-rays and normal CT. Your doctor spends 11 minutes with the patient, diagnoses "cervical sprain" and write a prescription for Naprosyn.
Total bill $ 125
A patient comes to your clinic with a complaint of neck pain, after an accident, with a normal MRI, normal upright X-rays and normal CT. Prior to seeing the doctor, the secretary administers the Pain Validity Test, and Pain Diagnostic Paradigm, and Headache Diagnostic Tests (which cost you about $12, since they are covered by your fee per month for unlimited use of these tests). The doctor reads the test results and spends 9 minutes with the patient, concurs with the diagnosis of "cervical facet syndrome" generated by the Pain Diagnostic Paradigm, and performs three cervical facet blocks, and then a facet denervation. Total bill $ 2,325