Finding a Primary Care Provider:
A primary care provider is a doctor, a nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant who takes care of you for general health concerns. A relationship with a PCP is valuable because it can help you live a healthier life. If you don’t have a primary care provider, if your doctor has moved or retired, it’s important that you find one for yourself or your loved one. How do you go about finding and choosing a healthcare provider?
The first thing to do is to talk to people you know and trust, and ask them if they have a recommendation for you. Ask family and friends if they like their doctor. You can ask your other healthcare professionals like your dentist if they can recommend someone.
Check with your insurance company. You can search their network to find a physician that meets your needs.
Medicare has a tool called Physician Compare. It provides information about primary care providers, along with specialists and hospitals. It specifically helps you find doctors who accept Medicare. Medicare also has the Nursing Home Compare tool, you can read more about it here: Medicare Nursing Home Compare.
Once you get some names for consideration, you can call their office or set up an interview and find out about their policies, who covers for them in their absence, and if they are a good fit for you.