Seeing a Specialist

If you and your Primary Care Provider (PCP) decide that you need to see a specialist, you can choose from several within Southwest Medical’s family of providers. Find more information on our specialty departments.

Referrals
In most cases, you’ll need a referral to make an appointment with a specialist.  Your PCP will provide you with the referral.  Many times the referral will go electronically to the specialty department, and you will need to contact the specialty department directly to schedule your appointment.  We ask that patients wait a few days before contacting the specialty department to give the referral time to process.  Your PCP may also request additional tests to be completed prior to your specialty appointment, such as blood work.  Make sure to have any additional testing done prior to your appointment, so the time you spend with the specialist is comprehensive.
You may also get specific instructions from the specialty department when you make the appointment.  Should you have any questions about the instructions, please make sure to ask them.  We want to make sure your experience is efficient and valuable.

Prior Authorizations
There are some medical services that require prior authorization, or approval, from your health insurance plan.  When your PCP recommends a service that requires prior authorization, he/she will make the authorization request for you.

Chronic Conditions
For those patients that have a chronic condition, specialty care is more frequent.  You, your PCP, and your specialist will determine the best plan of care for you.  Remember, you and all your providers make up your health care team.

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