referral process

We use a referral form that provides us with the necessary information to help determine what services are appropriate for the patient’s particular pain problem; and to obtain insurance information as well as authorization for the same. The referral form can also easily be downloaded from our web site. Once we have the required information, the patient is contacted for an appointment within 24 hours. At the initial visit, the patient undergoes a pain evaluation, which provides a diagnostic impression and treatment plan. The referring physician receives a detailed report of our findings, and treatment recommendations. We continue to keep the referring physician informed of the patient’s status until the patient is discharged from our care.


Columbia University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology