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When you select a Copay Focus health plan from UnitedHealthcare Individual & Family ACA Marketplace plans, you get access to Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s quality network of primary care providers (PCPs) and specialists. With that, you get care for your health goals and needs from the medical experts right where you live. Below, you can find answers to common member questions.

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Getting Care at Kelsey-Seybold

Emergency and Urgent Care Options

  • What if I have a medical emergency?

    Emergency room services are covered in your plan. If you or a family member are experiencing a serious medical emergency, you should call 911 or go to the nearest medical facility offering emergency care. Emergency situations can be defined as a “life-threatening or limb-threatening” situation, including chest pain, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, uncontrolled bleeding, and signs of a stroke. Learn more about the kinds of symptoms for which you should seek Emergency Care.

    Seeking care in the emergency room for non-life- or limb-threating conditions can be a costly choice to you when there were other affordable options available. View our “Know Before You Go” guide to learn what type of care to seek based on your symptoms or injuries. Download Guide

    If you do receive care in the emergency room, be sure to notify your Kelsey-Seybold physician as soon as possible.

  • What if I need to see the doctor the same day for an illness or injury?
    • Kelsey-Seybold offers same-day and next-day in-person and Virtual visit appointments for adults and children. Virtual visit appointments with a Kelsey-Seybold provider are available 7 days a week until 9 p.m. for adults (ages 18+). Virtual visits can be scheduled on MyKelseyOnline or through our 24/7 Contact Center by calling 713-442-0000.
    • Kelsey-Seybold Clinic does not offer urgent care services. Visit for information on urgent care facilities in your UnitedHealthcare plan’s network .
  • Can I walk in at any Kelsey-Seybold Clinic location to see the doctor?

    To ensure you can be seen in a timely manner, we always recommend scheduling an appointment first. In most instances, you can be seen the same day, and we recommend scheduling on your MyKelsey App or account or by calling the Contact Center at 713-442-0000.

Hospitals, Outpatient Surgery Centers, and Specialty Affiliates

  • What hospitals and specialists are affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold?
    • Your Kelsey-Seybold doctors will direct your care to an affiliated hospital, which includes CHI St. Luke’s, HCA and Memorial Hermann hospitals. Patients needing specialty care will be seen by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic specialists in more than 65 medical specialties. At Kelsey-Seybold, you do not need a referral to see most Kelsey-Seybold specialists.
    • When you need highly specialized care, your Kelsey-Seybold doctors will coordinate that care for you. Kelsey-Seybold physicians are affiliated with thousands of quality specialists and sub-specialists in the Greater Houston area. Your Kelsey-Seybold physician will refer you to an outside affiliated specialist based on your care needs. In these situations, you will pay the same cost as if you were receiving care at Kelsey-Seybold.
  • Which hospital will I go to if I have a pre-scheduled procedure?
    • Your Kelsey-Seybold doctors will work with you to arrange your procedure at a hospital in network with your health plan. Your Kelsey-Seybold doctors will have privileges to provide the procedure at that facility. Kelsey-Seybold physicians work with CHI St. Luke’s, HCA and Memorial Hermann Healthcare facilities in the Greater Houston area.
  • Where would I go to get cancer treatment?

    Cancer care is delivered by Kelsey-Seybold's nationally accredited Cancer Center in coordination with the CHI St. Luke's Cancer Center. If there is something that Kelsey-Seybold cannot treat, your Kelsey-Seybold provider(s) will refer you to an affiliate provider for treatment.

    Patients receive coordinated, personalized care from a team of Hematology, Oncology, infusion, and radiation specialists. The Cancer Center delivers state-of-the-art treatment for tumors of the brain, spine, lung, breast, prostate, head, neck, and more — including highly complex cancer care.

    Learn more about our nationally accredited Cancer Center:

  • What outpatient surgery centers does Kelsey-Seybold refer to?

    Kelsey-Seybold’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers provide safe outpatient surgical services and procedures close to home for patients.

    We operate two Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) locations – Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Berthelsen Main Campus near the Texas Medical Center and our North Houston Campus (Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center) in northwest Houston. We put patient care and comfort first. New outpatient surgery centers will open in 2023 and 2024 in the Memorial/Spring Branch, Fort Bend, Clear Lake/Bay Area, and Springwoods Village communities.

    Our highly skilled surgical and medical staff provide the same level of quality care you’d expect during an in-patient hospital stay at a lower cost and with the benefit of going home on the same day, helping patients get back to normal life as soon as possible.

    Learn more about our Ambulatory Surgery Centers:

Prescription Refills and Transfers

  • I’m out of refills and need authorization to refill my prescription(s) immediately. What do I do?

    If you are in immediate need of a prescription refill, there are a few options for refill approvals while you set up your care with Kelsey-Seybold providers:

    • Option 1: Contact your current doctor(s) and request a temporary one-time supply of your medication.
    • Option 2: Contact the pharmacy where you last filled your prescription and ask them to get a refill exception from your current provider for 1 month.
    • Option 3: Sign in or register for checking if medications are covered, network pharmacies, and more. You can also set up your member account with UnitedHealthcare for more prescription options and benefit coverage information.
    • Option 4: Schedule a Video virtual visit or in-person visit with a Kelsey-Seybold provider who will be able to review your current medications and write a new prescription order. Schedule a virtual visit through MyKelseyOnline or through our 24/7 Contact Center by calling 713-442-0000.

Transfer Medical Records

  • How do I transfer my medical records to Kelsey-Seybold?
    • If you are transferring your records to Kelsey-Seybold, you will need to contact your current provider to release your medical records.
    • You can also contact our Medical Records Department at 713-442-5700 and complete an Authorization for Release of Healthcare Information. Download form here. When you complete and sign the form and return it to Kelsey-Seybold, you authorize the release of your medical records to the community care provider of your choice. You may return the form in two ways:
      1. By faxing it to 713-442-5732.
      2. By mailing it to:
        Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Meyerland Plaza
        Attn: Medical Records Department
        560 Meyerland Plaza Mall
        Houston, TX 77096
    • Authorization for Release of Healthcare Information

Transition of Care

  • I’m currently pregnant or undergoing active cancer treatment. Can I continue to receive care from my current doctor who is not with Kelsey-Seybold?
    • If you are under active cancer treatment or are pregnant, you may be eligible for a transition of care approval. Note, you must receive approval from Kelsey-Seybold to continue your care with a non-Kelsey-Seybold Clinic provider. Have your specialist contact Kelsey-Seybold provider services to discuss transition of care options and approval/authorization at 713-442-2304 (TTY: 711) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday.
    • You may be eligible to continue care with your current provider if you are being treated for a condition that qualifies you to do so. In order to find out if you qualify to continue your care with your non-network provider you will need an approval from Kelsey- Seybold Clinic.

About Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

  • Why choose Kelsey-Seybold Clinic for your care?

    Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is a nationally- recognized medical organization known for delivering quality care. We’re designed to make accessing and getting the care you need easy. We offer more than 650 physicians in more than 65 medical specialties, with a growing number of locations. As a Kelsey-Seybold patient, you get the advantage of our coordinated care model and so much more, including:

    1. Your primary care doctors and specialists work together to manage your health and care.
    2. You get more conveniences like seeing your doctor, getting lab work, and diagnostic tests all under one roof.
    3. You can see any Kelsey-Seybold physician at any of Kelsey-Seybold’s locations throughout the Greater Houston area with no referral required.
    4. Get lab and X-ray services, advanced imaging, and an on-site pharmacy at most locations.
    5. Enjoy conveniences like same-day and next-day appointments with primary care physicians.
    6. Access 24/7 appointment scheduling with knowledgeable, Houston-based appointment representatives or directly schedule online.
    7. Call our After-Hours Kelsey Nurse Hotline at 713-442-0000 at no added cost to speak to nurses who can help direct you to the appropriate level of care.
    8. Manage your health and follow up with your doctors through MyKelseyOnline.
    9. See a primary care provider on Saturdays at several regional locations.
    10. Choose Virtual Visit options for adult and children seven days a week, including after-hours, weekends and on holidays.

    To learn more about Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, visit

  • Where does Kelsey-Seybold care for patients?

    Kelsey-Seybold cares for patients throughout the Greater Houston area at 35 locations and growing! Patients can see any Kelsey-Seybold doctor at any location – your secure medical record is available to any provider in the Kelsey-Seybold system.

    From Conroe to Lake Jackson, get care at a location that is convenient to you and close to home or work. Most locations offer primary and specialty care under one roof, along with lab, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, and more!

    Kelsey-Seybold also cares for patients virtually 365 days a year with Video Visit, E-visit and E-consult options that save patients time and money.

    Find a location near you.

We make scheduling easy for you

You can schedule appointments through our secure patient portal, MyKelseyOnline, or call our 24/7 Contact Center at 713-442-0427. Virtual Visit options are also available to all new and current patients.