There’s been a lot of talks recently in the healthcare industry about the need for transparency. More than just a buzzword, transparency has become an important aspect of modern health services.
Up to now, most of the discussion has revolved around cost transparency. But as a patient, you also need – and are entitled to – performance and information transparency from your healthcare provider.
For example, patients often have a hard time locating comprehensive, up-to-date medical data in order to make informed health decisions. They also need to choose both the best providers for themselves and their families from numerous choices.
Optimizing your decision-making must go further than just finding the lowest medical costs. You need clinical as well as financial details about your provider’s services, facility ratings, outcomes, and other indicators to gauge the value of your care.
3 Pillars of Patient-Provider Transparency
Both you and your doctor stand to benefit from making it simpler for you to access information about the healthcare services and payment options available to you. That can be accomplished by choosing a medical practice that provides:
- Ongoing, proactive patient education and engagement
- The right information delivered through your preferred channel
- Collaboration that helps you make better choices in treatments
Proactive patient education can be provided via many different venues by a doctor, including the doctor’s own website – such as our online Patient Education Library. In terms of engagement, our patient portal serves as a password-protected gateway to your personal medical records and allows you to communicate with our care team, pay your bills, request appointments, renew your prescriptions, and more.
Our user-friendly patient portal also provides you with a communication channel where you can obtain your medical data and billing information quickly and conveniently – especially after our practice’s normal business hours.
Full Medical Transparency with Your Doctor
The most important part of creating transparency with your healthcare provider involves collaboration. The more information you share about your symptoms, condition, and treatment options, the easier it is for your doctor to offer you effective choices for specific types of care. Transparency is a two-way street that leads to the same destination: patient satisfaction and optimal health.
While most of the responsibility for creating transparency rests with the provider, you can contribute to the process by taking advantage of the patient services available to you and by establishing a trusting and cooperative relationship with your doctor.
Experienced Physician in Frisco, Texas
Star Medical Associates is a multispecialty practice with convenient locations in Frisco and Denton, Texas. Dr. Rani Anbarasu is a skilled internist who is here to provide regular physicals, vaccinations, and full evaluations if you are suddenly experiencing something unusual in your health.
For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact our Denton office at (940) 382-6900 or our Frisco office at (469) 301-2300, or fill out our online appointment request form now. We look forward to being your healthcare partner for a lifetime of health and wellness!