FAQs

Patient FAQs

  • What is Renaissance Physicians?

    Renaissance Physicians is a citywide provider-owned and operated Independent Provider Association (IPA) made up of over 1,300 Primary Care Physicians and Specialists who serve the needs of approximately 45,000 patients in Houston and Southeast Texas.

  • Why do I need a referral?
    A referral is a communication tool shared between the referring physician (often a PCP) and a receiving provider (often a specialist). Referrals communicate diagnosis and clinical information that is essential in effectively treating the patient. A referral provides the providers name, phone number, and address of the provider for the patient.
  • How can I become a Renaissance member?
    Renaissance Physicians currently holds contracts with three Medicare Advantage plans: Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare Advantage, Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage, and Amerigroup RealSolutions Medicare Advantage. In addition, Renaissance currently holds contracts with the following commercial plans: Blue Cross Blue Shield Value Based Incentive Plan, Cigna Collaborative Accountable Care, and Cigna City of Houston. Members that are part of these plans utilize the Renaissance Physician’s network. Contact your health plan customer service to learn more or to request that Renaissance Physicians be added to your network.
  • What should I bring to my appointment?
    We recommend that you bring the following information to your appointment: Your photo ID and insurance card, a referral sheet if one was provided, any recent test results or images (from the past 3-6 months), a list of questions you may have for your physician and something to write notes in.
  • What makes Renaissance Physicians different?

    For over ten years, Renaissance Physicians has been dedicated to providing patients with stronger doctor-patient relationships. We focus on providing preventive care to improve patients’ quality of life. Patients are at the center of the Renaissance Physicians model and has a team of highly committed physicians led by the selected Primary Care Physician. The team creates and manages a plan that helps keep you healthy.

  • What is an IPA?
    The acronym IPA stands for Independent Physician Association. An IPA is a network of independent physicians who work closely together to provide coordinated care for patients. The IPA provides coordinated care through consistent communication between providers and patients.
  • What is a POD?
    Physicians Organized Delivery Systems (PODS) is a group of providers—PCPs and Specialists located in a geographic area. The POD as has preferred hospital(s) and specialists whose referral patterns remain within the same geographic physician community. This can be advantageous to the patient when they live within the POD’s geographic area because this limits the travel distance to a provider.

Provider FAQs

  • How can I apply to be a participating provider?

    Houston area primary care physicians and specialists are encouraged to submit submit a Letter of Interest to Renaissance Physicians. Click to submit. Your request will be reviewed at the POD level for network need, and you will be contacted by the management company within 30 – 60 days.

  • What is Renaissance Physicians?
    Renaissance Physicians is a citywide provider-owned and operated Independent Provider Association (IPA) made up of over 1,300 Primary Care Physicians and Specialists who serve the needs of approximately 45,000 patients in Houston and Southeast Texas.
  • What makes Renaissance Physicians different?
    For over ten years, Renaissance Physicians has been dedicated to providing patients with a stronger doctor-patient relationship, one that focuses on coordinated, preventive care that improves patients’ quality of life. Renaissance Physicians providers believe in the power of coordinated care because they have seen the benefits their patients have experienced. Their dedication to delivering the most effective and caring medicine through team communication, preventive care, and patient education, doesn’t just change healthcare, it changes lives.
  • How can being a Renaissance Physicians member benefit my practice?
    Being a member of Renaissance Physicians connects you with a unique model that can help you improve patient outcomes. It also allows you to be part of a peer group of elite, like-minded providers and grow your practice through referrals. Additionally, the Renaissance Physicians model also maximizes cost efficient practices and higher capitation rates.
  • What resources are available to me as a Renaissance Physicians provider?
    Renaissance Physicians providers are given support so they can focus on what matters most, their patients. Renaissance Physicians providers are supported with information on industry trends, billing requirements, actionable data, marketing support and more.
  • What is an IPA?
    IPA is short for Independent Physician Association. An IPA is a network of independent physicians who work closely together to provide better coordinated care for patients through enhanced communication and quick responses to patient needs.
  • What is a POD?
    Physicians Organized Delivery Systems (PODS) are groups of physicians (PCPs and specialists) geographically centered around a hospital whose referral patterns usually remain within the same geographic physician community. This makes referrals much easier.
  • What is a referral?
    A referral is a communication tool shared between the referring physician (which is often the PCP), the specialist, and the member. For specialists, referrals effectively communicate the diagnosis and treatment request as well as other pertinent clinical information that is essential in effectively and efficiently treating the patient. For the patients, it provides the name and address of the specialist. This tool fosters PCP and specialist collaboration prior to the visit to ensure the best outcomes.

Businesses FAQs

  • What is Renaissance Physicians?
    Renaissance Physicians is a citywide provider-owned and operated Independent Physician Association (IPA) made up of over 1,300 Primary Care Physicians and Specialists who serve the needs of approximately 45,000 patients in Houston and Southeast Texas.
  • What makes Renaissance Physicians different?
    Renaissance Physicians has a unique model of healthcare that minimizes healthcare costs, maximizes employee options, and ultimately improves health outcomes. Renaissance Physicians gives your employees access to a broad network of physicians and specialists. Unlike other clinics that restrict their patients to a few locations, Renaissance Physicians has primary care physicians and specialists in their community. Renaissance Physicians can offer a wider network at a lower cost because its unique model encourages highly engaged physicians that are directly invested in the outcomes of preventive care.
  • How can I work with the organization?

    Renaissance Physicians is currently part of the:

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield VBIP (Value Based Incentive Plan)
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage
    • Cigna CAC (Collaborative Accountable Care)
    • Cigna City of Houston
    • Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • Amerigroup RealSolutions Medicare Advantage Networks

    If your business is not a participant in either of those plans, please contact your health plan and ask them about the Renaissance Physicians Network or contact our management company directly.

  • Where does our business need to located to participate in the network?

    Businesses with their location(s) and employees located in the greater Houston area are an ideal fit for joining forces with Renaissance Physicians. This includes the suburbs including: Conroe, The Woodlands, Clear Lake / Webster, Baytown, Humble, Kingwood, Katy, Cypress, Tomball, Bellaire, Sugar Land, Pearland and Pasadena. Contact us if you would like to join forces with our network.

Payors FAQs

  • What is Renaissance Physicians?
    Renaissance Physicians is a citywide provider-owned and operated Independent Physician Association (IPA) made up of over 1,300 Primary Care Physicians and Specialists who serve the needs of approximately 45,000 patients in Houston and Southeast Texas.
  • What makes Renaissance Physicians different?
    Renaissance Physicians has a unique model of healthcare that minimizes healthcare costs, maximizes member options and ultimately improves health outcomes. Renaissance Physicians gives your members access to a broad network of physicians and specialists. Unlike other clinics that restrict their patients to a few locations, Renaissance Physicians is in their community. Renaissance Physicians can offer a wider network at a lower cost because its unique model encourages highly engaged physicians that are directly invested in the outcomes of preventive care.
  • How can our business work with Renaissance Physicians?

    Renaissance Physicians is currently part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield VBIP (Value Based Incentive Plan), Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage, Cigna CAC (Collaborative Accountable Care), Cigna City of Houston, Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare Advantage and Amerigroup RealSolutions Medicare Advantage Networks. If your business is not a participant in either of those plans, please contact your health plan and ask them about the Renaissance Physicians Network or contact our management company directly.