The patient has the responsibility to obtain a referral from the Primary Care Physician to visit a specialist such as our orthopedic office. We will do our best to assist you through the referral process. If you choose to see us without a referral, you may be personally responsible for the cost of that visit. Your insurance company has established this rule, and we must abide by it. If, as your specialist, we are contractually obligated to obtain a referral for services outside our office, we will abide by the terms of your insurance. Insurance companies often require proof of medical necessity for specialist referrals, and this can delay your MRI or other test/service outside our office for 1-2 weeks.
For questions regarding a referral, you may fax your request to 813-977-6275 or call 813-977-4767. If you call after hours, you will be instructed to call the following day.
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