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Independence Medical Group

Dignity Health Medical Network in Kern and Tulare counties is here to help keep you and your family healthy.

Independence Medical Group / Dignity Health Medical Network Central California (IMG/DHMN) is an independent practice association (IPA) of primary care and specialist providers in Kern and Tulare counties. No matter your health care need, we are here to support you on your path to wellness.

When you choose IMG/DHMN for your health care needs, you have access to:

  • Hundreds of primary and specialty care doctors throughout Kern and Tulare counties

  • Urgent care for when you need immediate medical support

  • Access to laboratory and imaging centers throughout the region

IMG/DHMN accepts multiple insurance plans, including HMOs (Health Maintenance Organization), Medicare Advantage (MAPD), and some Medi-Cal plans.


Your partner in health and wellness

At Independence Medical Group, we are dedicated to providing daily excellence for all your health care needs. We believe an important part of that excellence is truly listening, helping to ensure that you understand your medical situation so that you can make informed decisions. Whatever stage of life you’re in, we strive to help you make the most of it.

  • Resources for employers

    Our medical network provides support and educational services, including on-site lectures and other speaking opportunities.

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  • Services we offer

    When you choose us, you have access to hundreds of primary and specialty care doctors across the county.

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No Surprises Act

The No Surprises Act protects consumers who get coverage through their employer (including a federal, state, or local government), through the Health Insurance Marketplace®, or directly through an individual health plan.

Health care decision-making process defined

IMG / DHMN believes in making quality medical decisions in a fair manner.

  • Utilization Management decision-making is based only on the appropriateness of care and service and the existence of coverage.

  • The organization does not specifically reward practitioners or other individuals for issuing denials of coverage.

  • Financial incentives for Utilization Management decision-makers do not encourage decisions that result in underutilization.

The criteria, guidelines, and benefits used to make utilization determinations are available upon request by calling:
(800) 414-5860 for Commercial & Medicare
(800) 918-7302 for Medi-Cal

Fax to: (661) 716-9200

If calling after hours, please leave a voice mail message.  We will return your call the next business day.

Find us for your health care needs.

IMG / Dignity Health Medical Network in Kern and Tulare counties is here to help keep you and your family healthy.

Please call our toll-free numbers for more information:
(800) 918-7302 for Medi-Cal
(800) 414-5860 for Commercial & Medicare

TTY/TTD Members should call 711

We're located at 4550 California Avenue, Suite 100, in Bakersfield.

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays

If calling after hours, please leave a voice mail message and we will return your call the following business day.


Frequently asked questions

A Primary Care Physician (PCP) is a doctor you select under your health insurance plan to be your personal physician. A PCP can be specialized in Family Practice, General Practice, Family Practice or Pediatrics. The relationship you have with your PCP is very important because he/she is responsible for managing all aspects of your care. Your PCP is responsible for referring you to specialty physicians.

When you choose a Primary Care Physician (PCP) you also choose his/her medical group. A medical group is formed when primary care physicians come together to contract with health plans and serve the community. These physicians have contracted with specialist physicians, hospitals and other health care providers to form a network.

In case of an urgent situation after office hours, Dignity Health offers access to hospital ERs as well as Urgent Care locations.

You may contact Dignity Health or contact your health plan. It is your responsibility to know your benefits.

It is extremely important that the information on your card be correct. If you note any errors, contact your health plan immediately to correct the information. Remember to make sure your physician has a copy of your ID card.

The care you need is just a phone call away.

Have a question about insurance? Want to know about wellness events happening around town? Give us a call at (800) 918-7302, and someone from our office will be able to assist you.