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Information on and About Doctors

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As more and more information is made available about doctors and hospitals, we are no longer dependent on the opinion of one doctor to recommend us to others.

We recommend you use this information as follows:

First, use the insurer websites to locate a doctor in your area and who accepts your insurance.

Once you have a doctor in mind, use a website like the NIH database, HealthGrades or Castle Connolly to do some basic background research on the doctor, and find out how they are “rated” (note- these ratings are not foolproof).

Finally, use the Doctor Disciplinary Search database or the New York Times medical payments database to see whether the physician is under scrutiny or in trouble. Again, do not take this as the final word- just because a doctor was paid a consulting fee by a pharmaceutical company does not mean they have done anything wrong or that they are not a fine physician. But know, and ask.

1) NIH webpage- Information about Physicians:

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2) Castle Connolly Top Doctors

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3) Doctor Disciplinary Search:

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4) Healthgrades:

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Key Articles:

1) Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts

The New York Times, April 9, 2014

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2) Medical Conflicts of Interest are dangerous

The Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2013

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3) 40 states get an “F” on access to doctor information

Forbes, December 6, 2014

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Insurance Company Resources:

Note: You do not need to have an insurance policy to use these resources. The insurance companies want you to see who is in the netwoprk before you sign up.

1) Aetna Doctor/ Hospital Finder:

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2) CIGNA Doctor/ Hospital Finder:

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3) United Health Care Doctor/ Hospital Finder:

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4) Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Doctor/ Hospital Finder:

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Blogs:

1) The CMS Blog:

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2) Musing of a Dinosaur:

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