Patients who have Anthem preferred provider organization, or PPO, plans are able to choose whatever doctors they want for care; however, they can use Anthem's provider search tool or a physician search site like ZocDoc to find nearby providers that are in-network for their plans. Some examples of providers accepting Anthem PPO plans in California are Doctor Brent Wilson in Fresno and Amanpal Singh Gill in Sanger, shows ZocDoc.
Although those with Anthem PPO can choose any physician, they pay more if the provider is not in the network, warns the San Diego County website. To find in-network providers, users can use Anthem's "Find a Doctor" tool that shows dentists, pharmacies, hospitals, specialists and other care providers that take its various plans. Using this tool involves choosing the individual's state and PPO plan name and then filling out a form for the type of PPO provider sought. Users can narrow providers by type, specialty, location and distance, name, gender, languages spoken, hospital affiliation and awards. They can also look only for providers who take new patients or are primary care physician options.
As another option, users can see Anthem PPO providers on ZocDoc, which also shows patients' reviews, availability information and offers online appointment scheduling for some providers. Users can sort providers by specialty, doctor name, PPO plan, location and visit reason, shows ZocDoc.