Prescription Renewal Requests: Still Business as Usual During COVID-19
Office visits and elective surgeries may be postponed or conducted virtually now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are some things that haven’t changed in healthcare delivery. Prescription renewal requests continue to flood providers’ inboxes regardless of the pandemic’s hold on the U.S and the rest of the world. In fact, in March, prescription renewal volumes even increased, as patients prepared for the long road ahead.
Renewal requests can easily get backed up when completed by providers and staff who may be focused on patient-facing clinical work. Unfortunately, there are many providers still completing all renewal requests themselves, and depending on their specialty and number of patients, this task alone could be taking up to an hour each day. It’s been our goal at healthfinch to free up providers from these routine, repetitive tasks through safe delegation to non-provider staff.
Delegating prescription renewals, often to a centralized team, requires two key components to be successful:
- Implement thorough protocols that cover the majority of medications being refilled
- Gain providers’ trust in the protocols so they can delegate with peace of mind
healthfinch helps health systems tackle these components, enabling them to achieve high levels of efficiency. Our evidence-based prescription renewal protocols cover over 900 medications typically seen in the Primary Care setting and are created using the latest published research and recommendations. Through healthfinch-led consensus discussions with an organization’s clinical leaders, we are able to further customize these protocols to the organization’s specific standards. This helps ensure that patients are not only receiving consistent care across the health system, but that providers can feel confident in the renewals and care their patients are receiving.
Though we’re nowhere near being out of the woods yet, many health systems are starting to invest heavily in solutions that can provide them the biggest efficiency gains, as the length of the pandemic and its possible resurgence is still unknown. Prescription renewal requests are — and always will be — business as usual, regardless of COVID-19 or any other health crisis. Having the right processes in place will ensure renewals don’t become a burden and that resources can be allocated appropriately.
Interested in learning more about healthfinch and our prescription renewal delegation solution, Charlie? Even though we may not be able to come to you right now, we’re happy to conduct virtual meetings and personal demos. Let us to show you how we’re making an impact at clinics across the country, and how we can for you too.