Refer a Patient
Tools to help you choose a specialist for your patient and find the location of services closest to your practice.
Children’s National partnered with community pediatricians to adapt the American Academy of Pediatrics management and referral guidelines, as well as other sources in the field, to assist healthcare providers when making a referral.
The Physician Relations Program serves as the liaison between community physicians and the many services of Children’s National. Call our team for more information about our service lines and world-class team, urgent appointments, or to request a visit from a liaison.
Any physician, health professional or healthcare agency may refer a patient to Children’s specialty services at the Hospital or Regional Outpatient Centers.
Important Phone Numbers
Physician to Physician Access Line: 202-476-4880
Available 24/7, operators page the physician on-call for the specialty you need
Emergency Consult/Transfer/Direct Admission to Children’s National: 888-884-LIFE (5433)
Immediate access to Children’s Emergency Communications Information Center
Physician Relations: 202-476-4418
Update Referring Physician Contact Information
Connecting our referring healthcare community to the services at Children’s National
Have you moved or opened another office location? Children’s National wants to ensure you receive reports and discharge summaries on your patients. Click here to update your address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.
|Community physicians can now call Bear Direct and refer a patient for admission to our hospital. This means that any physician—you do not need privileges or credentials through Children’s National—can refer a patient. The number is the same toll free number you have used in the past for Emergency Department referrals: 888-884-LIFE.
Our Information Center is available 24/7. Your call will be directed to a physician who will obtain further details and facilitate the admission process with the help of a dedicated admission nurse. Outpatient consultations are still managed through our Physician to Physician Access Line at 202-476-4880.
Criteria And Common Conditions For Admission
Your evaluation of the patient on the day of the referral will help us understand your patient’s needs. Some of the common conditions for inpatient referral include:
If you are unsure if a patient needs emergency care or admission, our team will help determine the best treatment plan for your patient. Direct admissions require your practice to obtain pre-authorization by payors. Our Bear Direct Case Manager can provide assistance, if needed.
- Failure to thrive
- Fever of unknown origin
- Failure of outpatient therapy
We Want Your Feedback
We appreciate hearing your feedback on this new process at BearDirect@childrensnational.org.
In addition, after each referral you will receive a quick survey link. We appreciate your time in providing feedback that will improve our service to you!