Blue Cross Blue Shield offers a national doctor and hospital finder that allows individuals to find PPO providers at Provider.BCBS.com. Members can search by name, specialty, procedures and location.
When searching for a PPO, individuals can select a wide range of options to narrow down search results to those that fit individual needs, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield. For instance, patient ratings, extended hours, recognitions and doctors accepting new patients can be selected as required search criteria. The doctor and hospital finder website also offers an option to find doctors worldwide, find urgent care based on symptoms and shop for health insurance. States also have specific websites dedicated to finding PPO providers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas or Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
To find a PPO provider, a member types in the first three letters of his member identification or chooses his network. Network types include BlueCard Traditional, BlueCard PPO/EPO, BlueCard PPO Basic Federal Employee Program and Medicare Advantage PPO, as noted by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Distance criteria may be from 1 to 100 miles from a specified city or no radius may be chosen, allowing individuals to customize the search area. Physicians may even be chosen by gender, affiliations, the ability to speak certain languages and quality measures.