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Specialist Care

Getting Specialized Medical Care

When your medical needs are specific and require the expertise of a specialist, a referral to a specialist is often needed. THIPA is committed to making the referral process simple and smooth. Your primary care physician will refer you to a THIPA specialist. THIPA specialists range from allergists to vascular surgeons, so you can stay in-network while getting the care you need. And THIPA makes it simple to access the specialist you need with our unique referral programs.

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THIPA’s self-referral program offers open access to many major medical specialties—there’s no need for a referral from your primary care physician or insurance plan approval. To access one of these specialty departments, simply call and make an appointment:

Direct Referral

If you need to see a specialist who isn’t available with self-referral, THIPA's Direct Referral program makes it fast and easy to get an appointment. With physician-to-physician referrals, no prior authorization is needed from THIPA. You simply need a referral from your primary care physician for an initial consultation with the specialist. Medical specialties available under THIPA’s Direct Referral program include:

Required Preauthorization Specialties

Preauthorization from your insurance provider is needed for these specialties.

  • Acupuncture
  • Audiology
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Chiropractic
  • Gynecology/Oncology
  • Infertility
  • Neurosurgery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Ophthalmology & Optometry
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatric General Surgery
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Pulmonary
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Perinatology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pulmonary Rehab
  • Pulmonology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Speech TherapyRadiation Oncology –Intensity-modulated services only

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