Your primary doctor suddenly informs you she's opted out of Medicare. Or, you need a neurosurgeon but can't find one who takes Medicare. Fact: Over the last few years a growing number of doctors have opted out of treating Medicare patients. Here's what you can do about it.
Looking for a Medicare doctor?
Log on to zodoc. Next, fill out a brief online form in which you ask for a doctor within a medical specialty who takes Medicare, then write in your zip code and you're done. ZocDoc will pull up a list of doctors in your area. You can check each doctor's education, professional qualifications and specialties, foreign languages spoken, plus read a number of verified patient reviews. You can even book an appointment online. All at no cost. This website is comprehensive and easy to use.
Medicare: Physician Compare
This link on the Medicare.gov site works somewhat like ZocDoc. It also links you to lists and reviews of other Medicare resources and services. Physician Compare is only one part of Medicare.gov—a huge site which includes all the information and many options to help you navigate the entire complex Medicare world.
Searching by state
I didn't have much luck searching for Medicare doctors by state.
Check twice to be sure
It's not enough to find a doctor who claims to take Medicare online. Call his office and check to be certain he hasn't opted out since the list was was published.