Life at Palomar Health Medical Group
Palomar Health Medical Group is a multi-specialty, not-for-profit health care organization effectively operating as the outpatient arm of the Palomar Health integrated healthcare system and reflects our dedication to enhance the health and well-being of people living in our communities. We specialize in offering high-quality, individualized treatment close to home.
The organization combines the strengths of the formerly named Arch Health Medical Group and Graybill Medical Group to serve more than 186,000 patients who can access the award-winning skills of more than 200 primary and specialty care providers located in 20 locations in 12 cities and neighborhoods throughout northern San Diego County.
Frequently Asked Questions
Palomar Health Medical Group (PHMG) is an organization formed by the alignment of two of North San Diego County’s largest healthcare providers, Arch Health Medical Group and Graybill Medical Group. This new name aligns the medical groups more closely with Palomar Health to enhance the patient experience through the entire healthcare system.
Arch Health is now Palomar Health Medical Group (PHMG). Graybill Medical Group has joined PHMG and is now known as Palomar Health Medical Group – Graybill (PHMG-Graybill).
PHMG now comprises a network of 20 locations throughout north San Diego County and south Riverside County consisting of the cities of, Murrieta, and Temecula; over 200 primary and specialty physicians and 600 support staff serving more than 200,000 patients. In addition, Graybill continues to operate its offices in Vista and Oceanside independently outside of the Palomar Healthcare District.
Arch Health and Graybill are two of the largest healthcare providers in San Diego County’s North Inland region. Both groups are recognized for providing high-quality care and high levels of patient satisfaction. By coming together, to form Palomar Health Medical Group, Arch and Graybill can build upon each other’s strengths and best practices, ultimately delivering greater levels of service to the community.
As a patient, nothing will change at this time. You will still receive great care from your same doctor, in the same location. Over time, as Arch and Graybill continue to align, ease of access to our broader network will continue to improve.
While our ultimate goal is to be fully integrated via combined insurance contracts and operational processes, this takes time. Currently, Arch and Graybill are still considered separate medical groups with their own set of specialists to whom they refer their patients (this is known as a preferred network). You can continue to see your medical group primary care physician and current specialists.
The referral process you currently follow within your assigned medical group is unchanged for the time being.
If you are covered by a PPO plan, you are not required to obtain a referral in order to see any healthcare provider. Therefore, you can see any specialist within the PPO network.
No. You will not see Palomar Health Medical Group as a choice this year. For open enrollment, you will want to choose Arch Health or Graybill Medical Group. The insurance companies still consider our medical groups as separate networks at this time.
No. You will not see Palomar Health Medical Group as a choice this year. For open enrollment, you will want to choose Arch Health or Graybill Medical Group. If you’re satisfied that your current coverage will meet your needs for 2022, you don’t need to do anything. If you plan to make a change in your health plan, be sure to choose a plan that includes Arch Health or Graybill.
Since the cities of Oceanside and Vista are outside of the Palomar Healthcare District, the Oceanside and Vista Offices will not be part of Palomar Health Medical Group. However, they will remain part of Graybill Medical Group, with the same providers and staff whom you have come to know.
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