Three steps to begin the medical credentials check: 1. Look up 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 Association (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.
Find out what your doctor’s specialty is by checking his/her certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). 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.
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.
Find an orthodontist who is board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). The Orthodontist Locator is easy to use. Website explains qualifications of these specialized dentists.
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 November 2021, few physicians had more than 30 patient ratings. Most physicians only have one or a handful of patient ratings. 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, at the Care Compare Federal government website (medicare.gov). This bare-bones site lists many physicians by city 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. Some nurse anesthetists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants & audiologists may be included. Find them by using the Keyword box.
Find an oncologist (cancer specialist) through the American Society of Clinical Oncology (cancer.net) ASCO website. Use the 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.
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 75,000 names on the list as of April 2022.
NCQA Physician Recognition Programs for Diabetes, Heart/Stroke, Oncology (Cancer care) and various other electronic record or Patient-Centered Medical Home programs. In addition, one can filter results to show those with Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration. Report Card lists physicians who meet program requirements and high-quality care standards in these programs. NCQA is National Committee for Quality Assurance. Limited information on doctors – name, address, phone