Find doctors participating in a Blue Shield health maintenance organization by going to its website and submitting specific search criteria. HMO doctors can be found by searching for data such as the doctor's name, gender and medical specialty. Entering a specific medical group can also bring up doctor listings.
Blue Shield websites vary by state, and you must visit the appropriate website portal to obtain accurate HMO doctor information. In some states, such as Illinois, Blue Shield and Blue Cross insurance programs are combined into a single website. The Blue Cross Blue Shield national website features an online provider database, and you can locate doctors by submitting your HMO member code or selecting a specific network. Searches can be done using a doctor's name as well.
Blue Shield websites, such as Blue Shield of California, provide helpful instructions for finding network doctors. In addition to doctor name and specialty, other information gleaned from the search might include associated hospitals or medical groups, office hours, languages spoken and Blue Shield health plans accepted. Office location, maps and driving directions are commonly provided. Some Blue Shield sites offer tools for doing side-by-side doctor comparisons, and clicking the name of the doctor reveals contact information. When using the insurer's database, check with providers to confirm they accept Blue Shield patients.