How do you look up a Medicare provider number?


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The Physician Compare platform on Medicare.gov offers information on Medicare providers in your area, which includes the physician's name, phone number and location. Physicians are narrowed down according to your location and medical condition.

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Physicians Compare is a tool that only lists medical providers for patients who are signed up with Medicare. To access the platform, visit Medicare.gov, and scroll to the section labeled Find Doctors, Providers, Hospitals, Plans & Providers, and select the Find Doctors & Other Health Professionals link. There are three search options available; the Find Physicians tab, Find Group Practices tab and the Search Another Way tab. To search for a physician, verify that the Find Physicians tab is selected, and enter your ZIP code, city or state in the Location form, then provide either your medical condition or a particular doctor's name who you feel may qualify as a Medicare provider.

The site produces a results list of specialties pertaining to your medical condition, so you can narrow down physicians according to which particular specialty applies to you. After selecting a specialty, the website lists local physicians that are qualified as Medicare providers. Each listing offers a phone number in addition to other details such as a business address, physician's specialty and estimated distance from the patient's residence.

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