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- Requests for authorization are done by ANTONELLA in the referral office at (617) 864-8822 ext 330. Please give or leave her all the pertinent information:
- your name,
- date of birth,
- name of insurance plan,
- name of specialist,
- date of your appointment,
- brief reason for referral
- and your telephone number in case we have any questions.
- Try to give us adequate notice so we can do this in a timely fashion.
- Remember it is very difficult to backdate a referral.
TO REQUEST A REFERRAL ONLINE
You must be signed up for MyChart.
This is a secure way to transmit your information. To sign up go to:
- Remember that if you are a member of a managed health care plan, it is very important to discuss any referral with your primary care physician (or PCP) before you make an appointment with a sub specialist. It is your responsibility to notify us PRIOR to seeking services with a specialist.
- It is the policy of our office that we will NOT generate backdated referrals for patients who refer themselves (without first consulting their primary care physician) to specialists.
- It is also important to understand the concept of choosing a sub specialist within the "circle" of your primary care physician. Remember that if you select a physician in BMA as your PCP we are affiliated with the Mount Auburn Hospital circle of physicians. Referrals outside of this circle are difficult and not encouraged. Over the years we've gotten to know and trust the sub specialists in this circle. If you do not feel comfortable within this referral circle, it would be our recommendation to select a PCP within the circle of your choice.
* Situations that may call for a second opinion:
- a poorly understood or communicated diagnosis
- an initial diagnosis by a non-cancer specialist
- a diagnosis by a cancer subspecialist
- an apparent lack of treatment options
- a treatment plan that involves a clinical trial
- rare cancers
- a treatment plan that involves surgery as the primary treatment
- a diagnosis that has been made at a small or rural hospital
- a treatment plan that involves aggressive treatment
- a treatment plan that involves specialized treatment