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Help Guide – Three Steps to Begin the Credentials Check (READ ME)

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

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) – What is Your Doctor’s Specialty? Editor's Pick

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 Board Certified on the certificationmatters.org page (sponsored by abms.org). Registration (free) is no longer required, but well worth it if required in the future. We encourage visitors to use the site

AMA Doctor Finder Editor's Pick

American Medical Association (AMA) Doctor Finder 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. Click on non-members to see full list.  May show whether physician is Board-certified or not.

Board Certified Orthodontists

Find an orthodontist who is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Click on Orthodontist Locator to find a board-certified orthodontist. Website explains qualifications of these specialized dentists

Doctor and Dentist Ratings and Reviews

Patients may review and rate anyone called Doctor (such as chiropractors and dentists) in the US and selected countries at this site: RateMDs.com. As of October 2019, 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.

Find a Doctor at Physician Compare

Federal government website at medicare.gov lists many 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. Maybe in the future it will contain useful quality comparisons. In addition, not all licensed physicians are included. Psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants & audiologists are not included

Find an Oncologist American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

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

List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) – See Who is Excluded from Medicare Editor's Pick

The List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) is a Medicare fraud prevention site 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. More than 72,000 names on the list as of October 2019.

NCQA Physician Recognition Programs: Diabetes, Heart & Stroke, Oncology

NCQA Report Card lists physicians who meet program requirements and high-quality care standards in Diabetes, Heart/Stroke, Oncology (Cancer care) and various other electronic record or Patient-Centered Medical Home programs. NCQA is National Committee for Quality Assurance. Limited information on doctors – name, address, phone

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