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Refer a Patient

To Refer a Patient:

Call the Bear Line to make an appointment at 1-888-884-BEAR
Fax a referral to 202-476-7651 
Call the Physician Access Line to consult with a specialist at 202-476-4880

The Bear Direct 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 Referring Physician Access Line at 202-476-4880. 

Our Referring Physician Access Line offers timely access to Children’s National specialists for questions regarding consultations, referrals, and inpatient reports.When physicians call, a trained staff member will answer the line, ensuring a quicker response for you and your patient directly from a Children’s National specialist.

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 common conditions for inpatient referral include:

  •     Failure to thrive
  •     Fever of unknown origin
  •     Failure of outpatient therapy

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.

Share Your Imaging

Health care providers can share patient exams with us on the lifeIMAGE Network.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Admission

The Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences new patient packets can be filled out by the patient’s parents or guardians with your assistance. The packets should then be returned to Psychiatry via email, mail or fax (please see the packets for more information). If you have additional questions, please call Psychiatry at 202-476-5980.

We Want Your Feedback

We appreciate hearing your feedback on this process at After each referral you also will receive a quick survey link. We appreciate your time in providing feedback that will improve our service to you!