American Medical Association's (AMA) DoctorFinder was created to help people find "a perfect match" for their medical needs. Through DoctorFinder consumers have access to "basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States.” Physician listings are based on data maintained in the AMA Physician Masterfile, the nation's most comprehensive and unbiased physician database.
CertificationMatters.org lets you search to find a board certified doctor or to find out if a doctor is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. This is a free service and there is no limit on the number of searches that you can do but you do have to register first. You can search by a doctor’s name or search by location and specialty.
Physician Compare is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website that helps you find doctors or other health care professionals enrolled in Medicare to meet your needs. You can also compare group practices. The database only physicians and other health care professionals who are currently enrolled in Medicare. It can take 3-6 months for new physicians, other health care professionals, and group practices to be added to Physician Compare after they enroll in Medicare. Visit Physician Compare regularly to find new and updated listings. Also know that information can change. CMS recommends that you always contact the health care professional to find out if they accept Medicare assignment, if they’re accepting new Medicare patients, and to check the address. This video tutorial shows you exactly how to use the Physician Compare website and provides more details about the information available on the site.
Getting the Most from Physician Compare
You can modify your search results using the panel on the right of the page.
When searching physicians and other health care professionals, you can modify:
Select the "Update Results" button to get your modified results. Select a name and you’ll be taken to a profile page with more information.
Once you are on the profile page you may see any of the following information:
You can find addresses, phone numbers and a map under the “Locations” tab.
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