How to Volunteer

Physician Volunteerism is one of the keys to CareNet’s success. Private practice physicians can volunteer through a hospital-based clinic or through their own office.

Primary Care Physicians can agree to see existing patients in their practice that qualify for CareNet at no charge. CareNet enrollment provides these patients with access to hospital services.

Sub-Specialists can volunteer through CareNet’s Voluntary Specialty Care Network and determine the number of CareNet members they are willing to see each year in their own practice. Then when a CareNet member’s primary care physician determines they require specialty care, the primary care physician sends a request for that care, along with copies of the patient’s record, to the CareNet office. CareNet staff then attempt to “match” that request with a specialist who has volunteered to see a pre-defined number of CareNet members in his/her office.

Alternatively, Sub-Specialist can assist by “triaging” referrals by reviewing clinical notes from primary care physicians & test results… then offer treatment suggestions back to the primary care physician. This approach allows us to serve many more patients than simply scheduling every referral we receive). Or sub-specialists can see CareNet members at a hospital-based specialty clinic.

Retired sub-specialists can volunteer at a CareNet site and receive coverage by CareNet’s malpractice insurance.

Specialty areas with the highest need:

  1. Gastroenterology
  2. Orthopedic
  3. Dermatology
  4. Rheumatology
  5. Pulmonary

Should you need additional data or have further questions please do not hesitate to contact Julie Grasson, our Provider/Member Services Coordinator either by email at jgrasson@hcno.org or at 419-842-0800. Also, you can download and return the Physician Response Form to indicate your willingness to volunteer.

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