“The mission of the Medical Board of California is to protect health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professionals and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and to promote access to quality medical care through the Board’s licensing and regulatory functions.” At this website you search for a doctor’s license as well as file a complaint.
A service of the Federation of State Medical Boards. “DocInfo data is drawn from the Federation of State Medical Board’s Physician Data Center (PDC), the nation’s most comprehensive database of medical licensure and disciplinary actions. The PDC also includes data on thousands of physician assistants (PAs) regulated by state medical boards.”
“ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.” ProPublica has collected “data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general; other data from ProPublica’s apps: Treatment Tracker, Dollars for Docs, Prescriber Checkup and Surgeon Scorecard.”
How to Pick the Right Surgeon
by Linda Marsa, AARP Bulletin, August 24, 2017.
A useful overview of resources available to help a patient learn how to research a surgeon. This article provides sources of information and questions to ask a potential surgeon.
Do You Need That Surgery? How to Decide, And How to Pick A Surgeon If You Do
by Mara Gordon, Health Shots, NPR.org, July 19, 2019.
“Mara Gordon is a physician and the 2018-2019 health and media fellow at NPR and Georgetown University.”
Non-profit “Checkbook.org is funded by consumers, for consumers with a mission of giving consumers information to help them make good decisions in choosing service providers. What we report here on surgeon outcomes is based on our analysis of data from Medicare claims for in-hospital procedures we were able to get for a period from 2010 through 2014.”
“Guided by experts, ProPublica calculated death and complication rates for surgeons performing one of eight elective procedures in Medicare, carefully adjusting for differences in patient health, age and hospital quality. Use this database to know more about a surgeon before your operation.”
“Scores are based on several factors, including survival, patient safety, nurse staffing and more. Hospitals are ranked nationally in specialties from cancer to urology and rated in common procedures and conditions, such as heart bypass surgery, hip and knee replacement and COPD.” The intended purpose of this report is “to help consumers determine which hospitals provide the best care for the most serious or complicated medical conditions and procedures, such as pancreatic cancer, or replacement of a heart valve in an elderly patient with multiple comorbidities. Relatively commonplace conditions and procedures, such as uncomplicated heart bypass surgery, knee replacement, and heart failure are the purview of a different analysis, Best Hospitals: Procedures and Conditions.”
“What’s behind our specialty rankings and our ratings in procedures and conditions.”
“Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions.”
Medicare Provider Information
Are you trying to find a doctor, provider, hospital,or plan? “Medicare Compare helps you find and compare the quality of care at Medicare certified facilities” and information about healthcare professionals enrolled in Medicare. Select one of the categories from the pulldown menu to get the information you need. You can compare up to three Medicare providers at a time within the category.