1. Check your doctor’s license and any disciplinary actions at your state’s official site (see category above). 2. Instead of assuming your physician is Board-certified, verify it at the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and make sure it is in the specialty you expected. 3. Check your physician at the American Medical Assn. (AMA Doctor Finder). Is all the information consistent with what the hospital’s and clinic’s websites say about the doctor? If you find any discrepancies or red-flags, then ask more questions
ABMS is a highly-regarded, not-for-profit organization comprising 24 medical specialty boards, that oversees physician certification in the US. See whether your doctor is board-certified in his/her specialty (such as Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, etc.) and in his/her subspecialty (such as Cardiovascular Disease, Geriatric Medicine, Oncology, Endocrinology, Neonatal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, etc.) Click on Is Your Doctor Certified on the left of the certification matters.org page (sponsored by abms.org). Registration (free) is required, but in many years of using this site, the editor has found no down-side to it & would encourage visitors to use the site
American Medical Association site provides information on members of the AMA first, but also lists information on non-member physicians. Site reports over 814,000 physicians listed, and if they are members of the AMA, shows a detailed profile with board certification as well as training. However, you may not find all doctors who are not members of the AMA, nor those not Board-certified.
Find an orthodontist who is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Click on Find an ABO Diplomate. Website explains qualifications of these specialized dentists
Patients may rate anyone called Doctor (such as chiropractors and dentists) in the US and selected countries at this site: RateMDs.com. As of June 2017, very few physicians had more than 30 patient ratings. Most physicians only have one patient rating. Doctors are rated on their staff, their punctuality, helpfulness and knowledge. Unable to sort list by rankings or number of ratings. Consumers may add a comment. Be VERY CAUTIOUS in using these ratings as the results may NOT be valid.
Federal government website at medicare.gov lists physicians by city (the zip code feature is not reliable yet) and specialty, including podiatry. Not too much information, usually less than you get at a state’s licensing site, even after 7 years since site launch. Maybe in the future it will contain useful quality comparisons. Psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants & audiologists are not included
Interactive database to help you find a board-certified physician with specialties in the specific type of cancer expertise you’re interested in, or types of oncology, tumors, etc. From the American Society of Clinical Oncology (cancer.net) ASCO website
This fraud prevention site is by the HHS Office of Inspector General. It allows consumer to search for a specific name of a person or business to see if they have been excluded from receiving payment from Medicare and Medicaid, due to license revocation, suspension or surrender; program-related fraud; patient abuse or neglect, and other reasons such as default on Health Education Assistance Loans. Exclusions Database contains physicians, nurses, nurses’ aides, hospital employees, pharmacists, nursing home operators and more. Thousands of listings
Lists physicians who meet program requirements and high-quality care standards in Diabetes, Heart/Stroke and various other electronic record or Patient-Centered Medical Home programs. NCQA is National Committee for Quality Assurance, and is more commonly known as NCQA. Limited information on doctors – name, address, phone
Healthcare fraud is estimated at tens of billions in annual payment costs, according to the National Health Care Anti-fraud Association (NHCAA). Here’s what consumers can do to help avoid health care scams and illegal medical charges; and where to report suspected criminal health insurance activity