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New Addition to Inpatient Discharge Summary - PCP Handoff

(From the August 2015 Issue of MedStat)

Starting this month, look for a new addition to the Inpatient Discharge Summary that is designed to improve communication between the NCH specialist or hospitalist and the primary care doctor. This is called the PCP Handoff and will offer a succinct summary of critical points relating to the admission. It will include items such as diagnostic impression, pertinent positive and negative findings, pending studies or other recommendations. It can be written by residents or attending physicians, and may include a physical exam. The PCP Handoff will not replace the Hospital Course, which will offer more detail. If you have any questions or comments about the PCP Handoff, please contact Rob Snyder, MD, at

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