For Referring Physicians
Fall 2012 Update: Starting in November/December 2012, we will be accepting referrals for our new Epilepsy SCAN-ECHO program. The SCAN-ECHO program is an innovative approach to provide consultation and clinical support from provider to provider using video-teleconferencing equipment. The Epilepsy team at the SFVA will be able to provide support to neurologists or primary care providers in facilities and rural areas where epilepsy care is not readily available. This initiative keeps the Veteran from traveling far distances, and provides treating physicians instant recommendation from specialists. During the scheduled SCAN-ECHO clinic, the PCP or neurologist presents the Veteran’s case using de-identified information. The specialist, as well as other members of the SCAN-ECHO team, will deliver a treatment plan and advice to the treating physician. Other neurologists, PCPs, and other team members not involved in the Veteran’s care are able to listen in and participate in the discussion. During the SCAN-ECHO clinic, a didactic presentation is given discussing a topic for that specialty, which allows providers to earn CME/CEU credits.
The benefits of using SCAN-ECHO include improved quality and safety, rapid learning, and reduced variation in care. Access for rural and underserved patients is improved, thereby reducing disparities. Providers will benefit from improved professional satisfaction and interaction, and retention may be observed. SCAN-ECHO also supports the PACT model and integrates public health into the treatment paradigm. Cost effective care is provided through this method in order to avoid excessive testing and travel, and preventing the cost of untreated disease.
We are happy to continue accepting referrals through CPRS or fax to the San Francisco Epilepsy Center of Excellence. If you care for a patient that you wish to be seen, please contact us at 415-379-5599.
You may enter consult requests through CPRS for either an outpatient epilepsy evaluation or for direct consideration for inpatient video EEG monitoring.
Alternatively, you may fax a referral to our dedicated Epilepsy Center number at 415-750-2273. Please include all pertinent and recent clinical notes, lab and test results, and radiological imaging data, if possible