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What is a referral?

A referral is an order from your primary care provider to see a specialist. Some insurance plans require referrals.

How can I get a referral?

Visit your primary care provider (PCP), who will evaluate your concern and, if necessary, make a referral for you to see a specialist. In some cases, if you have seen your provider within the last year, you may not need to come in for an appointment to receive a referral. In other cases, your provider may need to see you before making a referral. You can also request a referral through MyChart, our secure online patient app/portal.

Should I contact my insurance company?

Yes, check with your insurance company to make sure the specialist visit is covered.

Also, check with your insurance company to make sure that Codman Square Health Center is your primary site — only your primary site can issue referrals.

Call the specialist you were referred to and book an appointment.

We have a specialized referral department available to help.

Our Referral Department cannot make a referral for you, but they can help you schedule an appointment with the specialist you’ve been referred to. Call 617-825-9660.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Call the Call Center (617) 825-9660 and tell the receptionist you would like to request a referral to a specialist. Leave a number that you can be contacted back at throughout the day. Let them know what type of referral you are requesting. Make sure you have seen your provider within the past year or understand that an appointment may be necessary for the provider to make an assessment prior to initiating the referral.

Yes. You can call the Call Center at (617) 822-8271 and ask to schedule an appointment with Insurance Services.

We provide an Uber for patients who need to go to specialty services at BMC. See our Information Desk to arrange a ride.

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At Codman Square Health Center, you get exceptional, personal care from a specialized, multilingual care team. Our convenient resources include an extensive list of primary, specialty, and preventive care services. Call our Patient Service Center at 617-825-9660.

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