Referral Programs

Advantage Referral

WHA’s Advantage Referral Program provides members with access to specialists from the following medical groups, expanding access to specialty care outside of their Primary Care Physician’s (PCP's) medical group:

  • Dignity Health | Mercy Medical Group
  • Dignity Health | Woodland Clinic Medical Group
  • Hill Physicians Medical Group - Sacramento
  • St. Joseph Health Medical Network
  • Meritage Medical Network
  • NorthBay Healthcare
Can I use Advantage Referral?

Members who are assigned to a PCP from one of the following medical groups are eligible for the Advantage Referral program:

  • Dignity Health | Mercy Medical Group
  • Dignity Health | Woodland Clinic Medical Group
  • Hill Physicians Medical Group - Sacramento
  • St. Joseph Health Medical Network
  • Meritage Medical Network
  • NorthBay Healthcare
How do I use Advantage Referral?

While your PCP will treat most of your health care needs, if your PCP determines that you require specialty care, you may request to be referred to any of the specialists who participate in the Advantage Referral program. You can use our online provider search or call Member Services for a list of participating specialists.

Note: If you receive care from a WHA network specialist prior to receiving a referral, you may be liable for the cost of those services.

How does the referral work?

Your doctor will send a written referral to your medical group’s Utilization Management department. A referral takes five days to complete for routine requests and 72 hours for an expedited request. Once the referral is processed you will receive notification with details of your referral.

Is prior authorization required?

No, Advantage Referrals do not require prior authorizations (pre-approval) since your PCP has established medical necessity by requesting the services of a specialist.

OB/GYN services for women and annual eye exams are included in the Advantage Referral program. These services do not require a PCP referral or prior authorization, as long as the specialist participates in Advantage Referral.

I am affiliated with UC Davis. Can I use Advantage Referral?

UC Davis-affiliated enrollees are not eligible to participate in the Advantage Referral Program.