Second opinions

Physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center often review complex cases for patients seeking second opinions. Patients with complex cardiovascular conditions typically benefit most from second opinion appointments, as physicians review all diagnostic and therapeutic options available to them.

Sometimes a second opinion changes a patient's choice of treatment plan. In other cases, the plan does not change, but the second opinion offers the patient peace of mind.

How do I obtain a second opinion at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center?
To schedule a second opinion at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, call 866-644-8910 or complete an appointment request form. A member of our Corrigan Minehan Heart Center access team will get back to you within two business days to find out more information about your condition and match you with the most appropriate physician to access your case.
How can a second opinion be beneficial?
Second opinions offer a different perspective on a condition that has previously been assessed. By asking a different physician to look at your case, you may learn about new ways to treat your condition or simply have the peace of mind that the current treatment plan is the best line of treatment.
How can I learn more about other options available at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center?
Explore the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center's condition-specific programs to learn about our treatments and services.
Will my health insurance pay for a second opinion appointment?
In most cases second opinions are covered, but it is recommended that you contact your health insurance prior to scheduling an appointment to find out which treatments and services are covered. You may also contact the Massachusetts General Hospital Financial Services Office at 617-726-2191 for additional assistance.
How do I get to the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center?
The Corrigan Minehan Heart Center has several locations throughout the main hospital building, the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, and on New Chardon Street. Learn more about visiting the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.
Where do I park when arriving at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center?
Parking is available at the Fruit Street, Parkman Street, or Yawkey Center garages. Valet service is also available at the entrances to the Wang and Yawkey buildings. Learn more about parking at Mass General
What tests or other clinical information will you need when setting up an appointment?
It is important to obtain all clinical records prior to your second opinion appointment. This includes any cardiac catheterization films, MRIs, CT films or echocardiography CDs. Obtaining all clinical records prior to your appointment assists our team in better understanding your condition and background. It also can prevent unnecessary additional testing.
Will there need to be additional tests performed at my appointment?
Physicians at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center will do their best to avoid repeated testing, though there may be times when additional tests are needed to best assess a condition. To avoid repeated testing, it is important to obtain all available clinical information and records prior to making a second opinion appointment.
How do I register for my second opinion appointment?
To register for a second opinion appointment, call the Mass General Hospital patient registration line at 866-211-6588. Once you receive a Mass General Hospital medical record number, call the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center access office to provide your number. A member of our access office will ask you more about your condition and symptoms, and match you with the best-fitting Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physician. The Mass General registration office is open 24 hours/seven days a week, and the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center access office is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

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