Referrals are an important part of a HMO (Health Maintenance Organization).  In many HMO’s you need to get a referral before you can get medical care from anyone except your primary care doctor.  An insurance referral is a written order from your primary care doctor for you to see a specialist.  If you don’t get a referral first, the plan may not pay for the services.  Check with your health insurance plan to see if you need a written referral to see a specialist.  For example, the new health plans for University of Colorado Health now requires a referral to see a specialist if you have the CU Exclusive Plan.  Always check with your insurance carrier if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Barb, Receptionist