Primary & specialist care

Optum is a multi-specialty medical group, which means we provide both primary and specialty care to our patients.

Primary Care

Your Optum Primary Care Physician (PCP) sees you for everyday health, wellness, and illnesses. This is your "regular" or "family" doctor who usually specializes in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, or General Practice. Your Primary Care Physician understands the "big picture" of your health and takes care of or coordinates any kind of healthcare services you may need, including:

  • Reviewing your prescription medications
  • Reviewing your lab test results
  • Referring you to a special clinical program that might help you
  • Referring you to a Care Manager to help you stay healthy
  • Giving you a flu shot and other preventive screenings
  • Referrals to a specialist


Specialist Care

A Specialist is a doctor who, as the name implies, specializes in a particular type of medicine, like Dermatology, Endocrinology, Podiatry, or Gastroenterology. If you need to see a medical specialist, Optum has several hundred specialists on staff and contracts with more than 3,000 specialists who cover over 40 medical specialties.

If your specialist appointment requires a referral, you can often get approval for your referral before you even leave your primary care doctor's office. Some specialty services are available without an authorized referral from your doctor (called "self-referral"), such as well-woman visits, and some health insurance plans do not require you to get an authorized referral to see a specialist. Ask your primary care physician which services you are eligible to receive without prior authorization.

You can find information on some of our specialists on this website using the "Find a Doctor" search, but we have many more specialists than you will see here. So ask your primary care doctor if you are interested in seeing a specific specialist.