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Often, the needs of a patient necessitate receiving care from various levels within the health care industry. Assume that a patient has developed a brain tumor and is seeking care from his or her primary care physician.

Individual Portion:

Each group member will prepare a Word document of 3-4 pages that details the interaction that the patient may have with each level of care (primary, secondary, and tertiary). For each level, be sure to discuss the following components, at a minimum:
•Services provided for the level
•Medical professionals encountered on the level
•Special issues or challenges involved at this level of care from the following perspectives: ◦A patient perspective
◦A provider perspective
◦An administrator's perspective
◦A third-party payer's perspective

•Procedure to refer the patient to the next level of care

Be sure to make your answers specific to a patient that has a brain tumor as you trace his or her interaction with the health care industry through the 3 levels of care. In addition, do not forget to use citations and references throughout your paper.

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1. Medical professionals encountered on the level- Primary Care Physician as well as Nurses at their doctor's office. Services provided for the level- This will be the primary care physician. They will be the physician who will initially refer the patient to specialist for more tests as a brain tumor is a more complicated issue. The general course of action is that a patient will have symptoms of a brain tumor and go to their primary care physician. The primary care physician will then refer the patient to imaging studies to help identify the source of the symptoms. Tests can include anything from x-rays, MRI, CT, or Myelogram.
2. Special issues or challenges involved at this level of care from the following perspectives: Extremely important to be comfortable with you PCP, so that you feel comfortable asking the doctor important questions, and be respectful to patient needs. PCP will give all referrals, and it's sometimes important to get second and third opinions on course of treatment. It's important to learn how to coordinate communication with a team of specialists including managing medical records generated by a multitude of specialist.
3. Procedure to refer the patient to the next level of care- PCP's will typically send over the referral notice directly to the specialist office, but setting up the appointment is ...

Solution Summary

Health Administration for a primary, secondary, and tertiary brain tumor patient. Included 3 references in works cited.