In the US some of the health care plans mandate you to have a family care physician. Also people prefer family doctors because they know your family members medical history thoroughly. But how will you make sure that the doctor of your choice is a qualified physician and he studied in a reputed school and his back ground? Here are few tips.
You should check the back ground of your family doctor by credentialing. It is the process of evaluating the qualification and working experience of a doctor. In this process you will check the doctor’s education, training, residency and his practice license. For example, if you were researching cosmetic dentists, you would want to review any and all certifications issued by a medical board in the doctor’s specialization area. This process is conducted by Aetna before permitting a doctor to join the Aetna network.
This is not a onetime process instead they do it on a regular basis. Meaning they reviews doctors’ credentials regularly. There are standards set by the states, regulatory bodies and accrediting organizations. One of such regulatory body is the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
2. Check whether your doctor is Board Certified
When selecting your family doctor try to choose one who is Board Certified by ABMS Member Boards. ABMS board certification guarantees that doctor meets nationally recognized standards for education, just like this dentist that focuses on dental care. They also certify doctor’s knowledge, experience and skills in the area of his medical specialty.
3. Is the Doctor Licensed? Does he have any red marks in his career?
Each state provides license to doctors allowing them to practice with in the state. You can check this license at your state’s physician licensing board site. Without this license, no doctor is allowed to practice medicine.
A red flag on a family doctor can be anything from an attitude issue, an unclean office or malpractice. To find out medical malpractice done by a doctor you can do some general searches as described in ‘How to Find a Doctor’s Medical Malpractice Track Record.’
There are many online doctor rating site. There are even a bunch dedicated just for dentists where you can see how they rank in their field, such as in cosmetic dentistry, and in the geographic are they do their dental work in, such as this dentist in Encino, California. You can find general comment about a doctor there in this site. However, double check the information given in such sites and credibility of the sites..
4. Which Medical School Did The Doctor Go To?
For a doctor who is aged, this may not be that important compared to a doctor who is younger and just starting practice. In some states, their education information will be listed along with licensing. For other doctors you can get the information quickly from at site like UCompareHealthcare.