Patient Navigation

What is Patient Navigation?

Patients at McMinnville Internal Medicine who receive a diagnosis of: Cancer, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Heart Failure, Renal Failure, and coagulation defects requiring Coumadin Therapy, are assigned a nurse who oversees specialty referrals, testing, prior authorizations, and medication management.  The nurse navigator is available for questions and support for patients and family members with the goal of ensuring that patients who receive a life changing diagnosis understand their condition and the referral and treatment developed for him or her.  The nurse navigator serves as a single point of contact for patients and is available to address and assist with any questions or issues that arise.

 

Navigation Resources for patients:

Cancer

http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/what-is-cancer

http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping

http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/diagnosis-staging/prognosis

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/cancer-information-on-the-internet

Diabetes

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/recently-diagnosed/

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/?loc=db-slabnav

COPD

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/copd/

http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/copd/

http://www.lung.org/support-and-community/pulmonary-rehab/

Renal (Kidney) Failure

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-communication-programs/nkdep/learn/living/kidney-failure/Pages/kidney-failure.aspx

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-communication-programs/nkdep/learn/living/kidney-failure/dialysis/Pages/dialysis.aspx

https://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/recentlydiagnosed

https://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease

Heart Failure

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hf

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartFailure/Heart-Failure_UCM_002019_SubHomePage.jsp

Coumadin Therapy

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/A-Patients-Guide-to-Taking-Warfarin_UCM_444996_Article.jsp#.V6jR4k1TEu4

http://www.coumadin.bmscustomerconnect.com/patient-resources