TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT
PHYSICIANS AND OTHER
HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
Qualitative information on physicians
and other healthcare providers is often difficult, if not
impossible, to locate. There isn't one source for comparative
information, in fact, there is little comparative information
on physicians and healthcare providers. Many states have easily
accesssible online information about physicians. These physician
profiles include the physician's medical training and experience,
information about accreditation and honors, malpractice suits,
and any disciplinary actions taken against the physician.
The following are some Internet
resources that can be helpful to you in choosing a physician
or other health care service. While these sources will
not tell you who is “the best”, they can provide information
to help you make a more informed decision.
and Other Health Care Professionals
The Connecticut Department of Public
Health publishes physician profiles that include the physician's
biographical and educational background information, board
certifications, medical malpractice history, and hospital
disciplinary actions in all states. Select "Physician Profile."
Connecticut Bureau of Regulatory
Connecticut Bureau of Regulatory
Services quarterly online reports of disciplinary actions
against health practitioners in Connecticut. Select "Regulatory
Action Reports". These reports include physicians, nurses,
physical therapists, dentists, nursing homes, and other healthcare
providers and facilities. The reports often contain
more details about the disciplinary actions against physicians
than the "Physician Profiles". Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
on computer for online display - free download at the
Adobe site .
Reports can be viewed and downloaded.
It is best to look for the information by date than to use
the search feature by name because the search results are
not always reliable.
Licensing Info Center
Allows users to verify the license
status of Connecticut health professionals by typing the name
of a doctor, dentist or other health care provider in the
License Verification area of the web page. For physician license
verification, Select "Physicians & Surgeons" as License Type.
Includes Connecticut Department of Public Health Licensing Requirements for health-related professions--acupuncturists,
dentists, physicians, etc.
AMA Physician Select/On-Line Doctor
The American Medical Association’s
Internet directory, listing credentials of M.D.s and osteopathic
physicians. Searchable by physician name or specialty. Not
all physicians and osteopaths are members of the AMA although
those who are not are listed as a "non-member". Doctor Finder
will also tell you if a physician is board certified in his
or her specialty. Specialists, such as dermatologists, may
join a professional organization concerned with their specialty
- in this case the American Academy of Dermatology. For a
listing of professional medical societies and academies, see
of State Medical Boards
Source to locate information about
physicians in other states. Select "Public Services" and then
"Directory of State Medical Boards" for a state by state list
of medical boards. Some states have physician profiles similar
to Connecticut profiles and some states only list doctors
who have been disciplined. There are also links to osteopathic
physician sites when available. The FSMB will send you a disciplinary
history of a physician for a $9.95 fee payable online by credit
card or by check or money order by mail. Select "DocInfo"
under "Public Services".
Board of Medical Specialties
Search for information on board-certified
physicians online. Explains the criteria for certification.
One area verifies board certification when searched by physician’s
name. A second area of the website allows searching by specialty
or geographic area. (Select "Is your doctor certified?" tab
on the left). You must register to use the database and there
is a limit of five searches in a 24 hour period.
Search MEDLINE, the database of
medical journal articles produced by the National Library
of Medicine, by author’s name to find citations and abstracts
summarizing medical journal articles that are written by specific
physicians. This is one way of finding information on a physician's
research background and specialty.
and Nursing Homes
Health Care Quality - Connecticut
This site has comparisons of adult
general acute-care hospitals in Connecticut for the period
January 2005 through December 2005 on several measures, including
quality of care for patients with a heart attack, heart failure
or pneumonia. License verification for Connecticut healthcare facilities is
available on the website. Select "General Hospital".
Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
The Quality Check feature supplies
details on individual hospital performance ratings from JCAHO’s
accreditation reports. View Performance Reports and compare
Your Guide to Choosing Quality
Online workbook describes quality
health care and guides the user through the decision making
process involved in selecting a health care provider.
Nursing Home Compare
Provides detailed information about
the performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing
home in the country. Searchable by state. Includes a Guide
to Choosing a Nursing Home under the "Resources" tab.
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