Assets for selecting a healthcare supplier

(Family Functions) Health care for yourself or a loved one is a big responsibility, especially when you are starting Medicare, need services like home care, find a new doctor, or need home health care.

Using online tools like Find Care Providers on Medicare.gov can make it easier to make comparisons and help you choose doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and more for you or the person you are helping to care for. Consider these benefits of using the comparison tools.

A resource for research
The site offers a simple search and comparison experience to help you find providers in your area. Simply enter a zip code and provider type to get a list of providers, their contact information and a map of locations. The information even includes “star ratings” and services provided.

Using a laptop, desktop, tablet, or mobile device, you can see how patients are rating their care experiences at the hospitals near you and find home health care agencies that offer the services you may need, such as nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

Contact information for local inpatient rehabilitation facilities or long-term care hospitals is available, as are hospice quality assessments and specific care details, e.g. B. which dialysis facilities offer home dialysis training.

Search for health services
Whether you have referrals or are starting from scratch, the Medicare.gov tool allows you to compare healthcare providers in your area and determine what category of services you need, whether it’s physicians and clinicians, hospitals, hospices, and home health care providers , dialysis facilities, inpatient rehabilitation centers or nursing homes.

In addition to searching for your location using your address or a combination of city, state, or zip code, you can search by provider type and keyword to create a list of providers that may meet your needs.

Find a doctor who fits
If you’re looking for a new doctor and not sure where to start, the tool makes it quick and easy to find and compare doctors in your area. You will find contact information, practice locations, specialties and hospital affiliations as well as hospital ratings.

By clicking the Compare button, you can compare up to three different healthcare providers at once. When you’re ready to schedule a visit with a new vendor, take time during your appointment to review general information.

Compare nursing homes
Whether you’re planning ahead or need to make an unexpected decision, there’s a lot to consider when choosing the right nursing home for you or someone else. Many family members and caregivers prioritize location so they can check in and visit frequently, but there are many other important factors you might want to consider.

The comparison tool on Medicare.gov provides filtering options that allow you to personalize your results by browsing the criteria most important to you, such as: B. Inspection results, number of beds, personnel data and more.

You can look at the nursing home’s general “star ratings”. The information can serve as a guide to a provider’s track record to assist you in finding a home that best suits the individual’s needs.

Visit Medicare.gov/care-compare to access the tool and find healthcare providers and services near you that meet your needs.

Paid for by the US Department of Health & Human Services.

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