Tips for Choosing Doctors and Hospitals

July 02, 2009

Doctor advising the patient on medical treatment

It's smart to do a little research before deciding where to go for care. The good news: It's easy to find information to help you choose.

Tips for Choosing Doctors and Hospitals

Whether you need an annual check-up or a major procedure, it's smart to do a little research before you decide where to go for care. The good news: It's easy to find information to help you choose.

Choosing a hospital

When you evaluate hospitals, think about:

  • Experience treating your particular condition
  • Outcomes of similar procedures
  • Use of technology
  • Nursing quality and staffing
  • Type of hospital - teaching hospital, community hospital, etc.

Choosing a doctor

When you look for a doctor, consider these factors:

  • Experience treating your particular condition
  • Special training for the procedure
  • Quality ratings
  • Awards and recognition

Additional Resources

The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group encourages hospitals to adopt safety measures and release safety statistics to consumers. To see the group's standards and findings, visit their Website: The Leapfrog Group

Humana members can compare Leapfrog data quickly and easily using the Compare Hospitals Tool on MyHumana. Also, Physician Finder Plus, Humana's online provider search tool, shows whether a hospital is part of the Leapfrog Program.

Bridges to Excellence

Bridges to Excellence promotes safe, effective, and patient-centered doctor office and patient care practices. The group rewards doctors who achieve certification, based on quality ratings. To see if your doctor has received one of these patient safety awards, check out Physician Finder Plus.

Find out more at Bridges to Excellence

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