Frequently Asked Questions for UTMP

Published On 08/27/2013

Q. Is my doctor moving?

A. In most cases you will still be able to see the same doctor in the same location. However, some UTMG cardiologists will join Sutherland Cardiology Clinic, and they will see patients at Sutherland Clinic and Methodist Hospital locations.

Q. Will you still take my insurance?

A. We expect that insurance plans will remain the same. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your insurance provider to be sure that your physician is in your plan.

Q. Do I still call the same appointment number?

A. The appointment phone numbers will remain the same for all of our doctors except for those who are joining Sutherland Cardiology Clinic (901-763-0200) and a few others. Updated phone numbers are listed on physician profile pages and on specialty pages in this site.

Q. Will this affect my prescriptions?

A. No.

Q. What happens to my medical record?

A. Your doctor will still use the same medical record.

Q. Does this mean I have to go to Methodist for hospital care?

A. No. As always, we put patient needs and preferences at the center of every decision we make, and our partners at Methodist share our interest in ensuring continuity of care for our patients and their families. You can go to any hospital that is in your insurance plan. Just make sure your doctor cares for patients at the hospital you choose.

Q. Will there be any changes to my bills?

A. Your bill will have the new name “UT Methodist Physicians” on it.

Q. Why is my doctor changing?

A. UT Medical Group is working with our hospital partners to create greater financial efficiency in our community’s delivery of primary care and certain hospital-based services and to improve patient satisfaction. Some of our doctors who are closely affiliated with Methodist Healthcare are becoming part of the new UTMP practice.

Q. Are all UTMG doctors going to be part of UTMP?

A. No, only certain ones.

Q. What is happening to UTMG?

A. UTMG will focus on key medical specialties, such as minimally invasive surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, and high-risk pregnancy. These and similar specialties have close affiliations with more than one hospital, so it makes sense to keep them with UTMG.

Q. One of my doctors will be in UTMP and one won’t. Will they still have access to the same information in my chart?

A. With your permission, physicians can share your medical information with each other so they can ensure the same high quality care you are accustomed to receiving.

Q. Will my doctor still be affiliated with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)?

A. Yes, our physicians will remain on the faculty at UTHSC. They are committed to being part of academic medicine because it keeps them on the leading edge of new developments in their field.