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Referring physicians can play an instrumental role in helping patients' families prepare for appointments at Cincinnati Children's. Here are some helpful hints for physicians when helping patients. The well-prepared family will bring to the appointment:

  • A summary from the referring physician
  • Laboratory or other test results
  • X-rays
  • Growth records
  • Immunization records
  • A list of questions for the Cincinnati Children's physician
  • Required insurance referrals
  • Pre-authorization from the insurance company
  • Insurance cards
  • The child's and parent's social security numbers
  • Legal documentation of guardianship
  • Enough diapers, bottles and other supplies to last a few hours, if the patient is a youngster
  • A stroller if needed
  • Snacks and drinks if needed
  • Overnight supplies if the family is traveling from out of town 

To meet the special needs of patients referred to Cincinnati Children's, we can, upon request:

  • Check to see if the patient's insurance plan will cover the visit (call 513-636-2273)
  • Assist the family in locating overnight accommodations (call 1-800-344-2462, ext. 6-5009)
  • Arrange for an interpreter / translator (call 1-800-344-2462, ext. 6-5009) during regular business hours. For urgent needs after hours when you need an interpreter to talk with a family and connect them with an on call specialist, please call 1-800-344-2462 and ask to be patched through to Pacific, our contracted telephone interpreter service.