University of Minnesota Physicians has made it easy for you to refer patients to any of our physicians through our Physician Referral Service. Through this service you can schedule patient appointments or request consultations with our specialists.

Referring Physicians and their staff now have three options to submit a request for consultation.

  1. Call one of the numbers to the right and speak to a representative of our Physician Referral Service.
  2. Submit an online referral form.
  3. Download a printable referral form and fax the completed form to us at 612-884-0659.

We value our relationship with you, your patients, and your office staff. We work hard to keep you informed of your patients' care by providing detailed reports, from diagnosis to treatment and follow-up. Our goal is to provide you with prompt service and communication for the patients that you refer to us.


Patients with urgent medical or surgical needs are given priority in the University of Minnesota Physicians appointment system. Appointments for non-urgent problems are scheduled several days to several weeks in advance.

University of Minnesota Physicians will, to the fullest extent of its resources, accept emergency cases on the same or next day. Patients requiring hospitalization may be referred to an emergency room for evaluation.

Information Needed to Schedule the Appointment

Please be prepared to provide the following information when you call for an appointment:

  • Patient's Information (name, gender, address, phone number, date of birth)
  • Reason for the referral, symptoms and diagnosis (including services you would like University of Minnesota Physicians to provide)
  • Referring Physician Information (UPIN/NPI, physician name, clinic, phone and fax number, address, contact name)


HMO and PPO patients are expected to obtain a referral for the visit (if required by their plan) and to pay the co-payment specified by the plan at the time of service. Please have your patient familiarize themselves with their specific coverage to understand their payment obligation. They should contact their insurance company to determine their plan's specific requirements and coverage options.


University of Minnesota Physicians participates with MN border-state Medicaid programs.
For managed care plans through state Medicaid programs there may be referrals or prior-authorizations required in order for services to be covered.

For non-bordering states, we will not accept Medicaid insurance as coverage for services unless arrangements are made in advance to fully pay billed charges for both the physicians and hospital services. Except in emergent situations.

For questions regarding your insurance coverage and benefits, referrals, prior authorizations, and any potential out-of-pocket costs, please you contact your insurance company directly.

Patients are required to bring their current Medical Assistance card to their appointment.
If your plan requires a co-payment, it will be due at the time of service.

For questions regarding non-bordering state Medicaid coverage for services, please contact our Financial Counselors at 763-782-6639.

Patient Follow-Up

University of Minnesota Physicians will provide a summary of diagnostic reports, treatments and follow-up care to the referring physician. Please contact our Physician Referral Service if you have any questions or wish to discuss patient care.

Services for Patients

Many special services are available for patients. If your patient has a unique need or would like a full listing of services, the patient may visit our web site at or call us at 612-672-7000 for adults and 888-KIDS-UMN for children.

Physician Referral Service:

Online Referral Form Printable Referral Form (PDF)

Schedule a referral or consultation by phone:


University of Minnesota Medical Center
Telephone: 612-672-7000
Toll-Free: 888-318-DOCS (3627)
Fax: 612-884-0659


University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
Toll-Free: 888-KIDS-UMN (888-543-7866)