The first-and most important step you take as a Santa Barbara Select IPA member is to select a Primary Care Physician (PCP) within the service area where you live or work to manage your health care. Your PCP will become your primary caregiver, as well as your medical advisor, coordinator of specialty care-and a trusted partner in lifelong health and wellness. Each of your covered family members may select a different PCP based on personal preference and the services most appropriate to their needs. For example, adults may prefer an internist. A general or family practice physician is appropriate for adults, teens and children. And you'll most likely want a pediatrician for infants, children and teens. For assistance with the selection of PCPs, you may contact our Member Services staff. They can help identify male or female physicians and languages spoken by the doctor or his staff.
Members are encouraged to communicate openly with their PCPs and to build a relationship of trust. In addition, you always have the option of changing your PCP selection should your needs or preferences change. Some PCPs work in a solo practice while others work with colleagues in small group practices. If you need to be seen soon and your group practice PCP is not available, you will generally be offered the option of an appointment with one of his/her associates in the same office.
Female patients also have the freedom to see either their PCP for well woman exams and most gynecological care or to self-refer for obstetrician/ gynecologist services to any of our many panel OB/GYNs.
Santa Barbara Select Independent Physicians Association Medical Group is comprised of more than 90 local physicians and other health care professionals dedicated to maintaining the health and well being of you and your family. We are the vehicle through which these PCPs and specialists contract with various HMO plans to provide quality health care. We are unique in that our providers are members of the independent medical community and thus exclusively work out of private offices.
Need help choosing a PCP? The following information should help:
You, and each member of your family, should select a PCP. All of our health plans require it. This choice is very important, as your PCP will be responsible for "managing" your health care needs including, but not limited to:
PCPs often specialize in the treatment of patients of specific ages. These definitions may help you decide your preference: