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Medicare.gov – Physician Compare

Medicare.gov's recommended "Physician Compare" tool allows users to search for doctors by ZIP code, medical condition, or physician specialty. Relevant search results can be compared by distance, education, group affiliation, and more.

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Review Date: 7/24/2018

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Ease of Use

This tool helps users easily compare doctors who accept Medicare insurance. Visitors can search by entering a location or name, medical specialty, medical group, body part, or health condition. The website helpfully sorts specialists by distance from the user's query. There are also options to sort by gender, practice type, board certification, and hospital affiliation.

Visual Design

Compared to other government websites, this section of Medicare.gov actually features a nice design and pleasant visual experience. There's a subtle but effective use of color that directs users to the most important site features. Visitors can also easily access maps to find relevant medical specialists. Some of the pages are busy, but overall the website is professional and organized well.

Quality

The data available for visitors comes from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is among the most respected authorities in healthcare. Highly objective criteria are used to rate doctors, rather than more subjective consumer reviews. These criteria include education, certification, group/hospital affiliations, participation in quality activities, etc. It's a first-stop website for Medicare patients seeking a new doctor who accepts Medicare.

Credibility

General information here is updated twice a month, ensuring this website is current. And in order for a doctor to appear on the site, they must first have current and approved enrollment records, a physical location, a valid specialty, a National Provider Identifier, at least one Medicare "Fee-for-Service" claim within the last 6 months, and at least 2 approved clinicians reassigning their benefits to the group. In short, the website provides a good deal of vetting to ensure only credible doctors appear to users.

Pros

  1. Indispensable resource for Medicare patients who want to locate participating doctors
  2. Visitors can find doctors sorted by distance or medical specialty
  3. Provides all relevant contact information for doctors participating in Medicare
  4. Option to compare up to 3 doctors

Cons

  1. Most quality reviews report the group's performance, but not the performance of individual doctors
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Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: FAQs, definitions of medical specialties, healthcare improvement suggestions

Languages: English

Contact: privacy@cms.hhs.gov

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