Healthcare

Physician Advice and Referrals

Nurse Debra Harris confers with Dr. Karen Oh at OHSU
Debra Harris, RN, (left) talks with Dr. Karen Oh, a radiologist. Conferring with one another and with providers in the community is a high priority at OHSU.

The OHSU Physician Advice and Referral Service makes it easy for you to refer a patient to OHSU or to seek advice from an OHSU provider. 

Referrals

Please fax your referral to 503-346-6854. If you would like to use an OHSU referral form, you can download the one you need: 

Advice and questions

We are happy to connect you with an OHSU provider for one-on-one advice. Our friendly and professional referral specialists answer 24/7 to connect you with the physician or other provider you need. We are also available to answer your referral questions.

Call us at:

  • 800-245-6478
  • 503-494-4567

OHSU is Oregon's only academic health center and a regional resource for Oregon, southwest Washington, Idaho and Northern California. We offer an array of diagnostic and treatment options for your patient.

Please note: When providing advice to you, OHSU physicians are not diagnosing a patient's condition, nor are they providing treatment to a patient. Thus, they are not establishing a physician-patient relationship. All treatment and diagnostic decisions remain with you, the treating provider, when an OHSU physician is providing advice to you.   

Other services

The OHSU Physician Advice and Referral Service can also give you:

  • A direct link to our transfer center
  • Information about your patients who have been admitted to OHSU
  • Patient appointment verification
  • Information about any health care program, clinical trial or educational opportunity
  • Answers to your questions about OHSU Connect, our secure web portal for referring providers. OHSU Connect help desk hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
  • Other resources such as maps, directories, physician CVs and patient education materials

Mailing address:

3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239
Mail Code 210P

Sending patient tests and records

To protect continuity of care and to avoid repeating tests or exams, please forward to the appropriate OHSU physician copies of:

  • Patient medical records
  • Laboratory test results
  • Radiographs and slides

Please send to:

(OHSU physician's name)
(OHSU physician's mail code)
Oregon Health Science & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3098

Financial arrangements

Acting in the patient's best interest is our top concern. 

Billing: Most patients who are referred to OHSU Hospital, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and other OHSU services are expected to pay directly or through health insurance. Patients are also responsible for paying professional fees in accordance with arrangements made with their attending physicians. Patients may receive two sets of bills:

  • One for hospital/clinic services
  • One or more for professional services from physicians, radiologists, anesthesiologists and other providers.

Financial assistance: When they register, patients may request an ability-to-pay assessment and financial screening. Patients with limited financial means who normally do not pay professional fees may be granted allowances. They may also be qualified for financial aid from community agencies or health care projects: