When your PCP sends you to see a specialist, this is called a "referral." In most cases, you will need to get a referral from your PCP to see a specialist. It may take a couple of days for your PCP to get the referral to the specialist. Always check with your PCP before going to see a specialist. For a list of services that do not need a referral, please see the next section, self referrals.
Remember, there is a difference between a referral and a prescription. Examples:
- You would get a referral when you need to go to a specialist or outpatient facility. Your PCP will give you the referral.
- A prescription can come from any of your doctors or a nurse practitioner. You would need a prescription for things like medicine, equipment or special medical tests.
In some cases, members with a life threatening, degenerative, or disabling disease or condition, or members with other special needs may be able to have a "standing referral." A standing referral means you do not have to see your PCP each time you need to see a specialist. Call Member Services for more information.