If you have an HMO plan, you need to go to your Primary Care Provider (PCP) first. The PCP will treat you based upon a medical algorithm. If you symptoms are not resolving, you will need a higher level of testing, treatment, and/or referral.
INDEPENDENT PRACTICE ASSOCIATION
All referrals with an HMO / managed care need to be authorized by an Independent Practice Association (IPA), which is an intermediary between the patient and health plan. Our associated IPA is Mercy Physicians Medical Group (MPMG) with the list of In Network specialists here..
WHEN THE REFERRAL IS AUTHORIZED
If the specialist does not contact you within 24 hours or if it is urgent, call the provider. Please inform them that the referral is from Mercy Physicians Medical Group (MPMG). If you have any problems, please inform us and/or call MPMG patient referrals at 1.800.515.8889 x3.
If you have a PPO plan, you do not need a referral from a PCP, however many specialists prefer referral from and coordination with a PCP.
Your PCP can direct you to a specialist and you may verify they are in network on your health insurance website.