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Old 07-02-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Just started a new job and have the Empire Health Plan. Also new to the area so I have to choose a new doctor.

Is there any advantage or disadvantage to choosing a doctor that is affiliated with a hospital. I live a stone throw away from Presbyterian - Huntersville.

Also I did an initial search using the Insurance websites search engine. If you have any yea or nay votes for the following doctors it'd be greatly appreciated.

Joseph A Garcia
Gina G Licause
Aram Alexanian
Thomas E Jenike
Lakeside Family
Timothy Hodges

Thanks!
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Suburban Buffalo, NY
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In my opinion, if you choose a physician and you go to the hospital they have privlidges at they may most likely oversee your care. If you go to a hospital where your doctor doesn't have privildges then you can go in and they will give you what ever doctor instead of your own.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:51 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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If your insurance has an open PPO . . . then I would choose a doc who practices at the hospital I like best, or whichever one is most convenient. You are very fortunate to have such a good insurance policy!

To choose a doc when I know nothing about him/her, I go to the hospital's website (using the names you have) and look up his/her credentials. For a family practitioner or internist, I would choose someone who has a degree from a university I know has a great program, such as Carolina, Wake, U-Mich, etc.
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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YOu can also google "academy name-of-specialty" to find the board-certified group for that specialty; e.g., google academy pediatrics and you will find the professional group. You then put in either your zip code or city and it will list all members in your vicinity. Just MHO, I would not go to someone not board certified.
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Old 07-04-2008, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Suburban Buffalo, NY
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You can go on docboard dot org and look up the doctors, it will show if they have a public record and what for. I wish this was available in the 90's when all these doctors were showboating in my area and not in that specialty.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:17 AM
 
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One pitfall about those online listings, or even hospital listings for that matter, but mostly online listings. The only names on those lists are those doctors who pay to be there. These may be as good doctors as any but you also have failures there. Be alert.

About hospital-recommended doctors, the person you call has a list on his/her desk of doctors who want referrals and you are generally simply given the top name on the list by rotation. Again, be aware that not all doctors want to be listed for one reason or another. They often already have a thriving practice and are satisfied to be recommended by word-of-mouth - mouths being the patients they already have.

Third, not all doctors are hospital-affiliated. Again, some because they do not measure up but, truthfully, some very good doctors simply do not want the burden of kow-towing to a hospital's requirements. The last two doctors that I had were both excellent, caring physicians. Neither had hospital affiliation. If you needed hospital care, they would refer you to another doctor.

I am also searching for a doctor and having no luck at all. Different doctors practice differently and have different philosophies as to how to practice. Matching up your wishes with a doctor who practices your way is a hit-and-miss challenge.

Personally, I'd prefer a non-affiliated doctor with his/her own private practice who is accountable only to the patient. To each his own.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:01 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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One pitfall about those online listings, or even hospital listings for that matter, but mostly online listings. The only names on those lists are those doctors who pay to be there. These may be as good doctors as any but you also have failures there. Be alert.

About hospital-recommended doctors, the person you call has a list on his/her desk of doctors who want referrals and you are generally simply given the top name on the list by rotation. Again, be aware that not all doctors want to be listed for one reason or another. They often already have a thriving practice and are satisfied to be recommended by word-of-mouth - mouths being the patients they already have.

Third, not all doctors are hospital-affiliated. Again, some because they do not measure up but, truthfully, some very good doctors simply do not want the burden of kow-towing to a hospital's requirements. The last two doctors that I had were both excellent, caring physicians. Neither had hospital affiliation. If you needed hospital care, they would refer you to another doctor.

I am also searching for a doctor and having no luck at all. Different doctors practice differently and have different philosophies as to how to practice. Matching up your wishes with a doctor who practices your way is a hit-and-miss challenge.

Personally, I'd prefer a non-affiliated doctor with his/her own private practice who is accountable only to the patient. To each his own.
Hazel - your post contains misinformation.

I was referring to going to the hospital's website, where all the docs for each specialty are listed, along with their bios. You can see where they went to med school, and where they were residents, and if they are fellows.

That is how I make my decisions when I don't have a personal recommendation from someone.

Docs need to have privileges at the hospital where they admit. I don't understand what you mean about docs who are non-affiliated with hospitals - as that just doesn't happen. Docs establish a relationship with at least one hospital.

If you are entered into a hospital thru/ the ER, most hospitals in this area have hospitalists, who are specialists, who will oversee the management of your case - along with your specialist.

If your insurance specifies a particular hospital, then you need to find docs who are on staff with that facility. Otherwise, your insurance probably will pay a smaller portion of your bill - such as may be only 60% instead of 80%. These are very important considerations.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:22 AM
 
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I came to this page to see if I could gain any insight to help me decide if I should use my internist (who does NOT have or need hospital privileges or affiliations) as my primary care doc or if I should stay with my current primary care doctor who does. Hazel's reply was not misinformation as far as that is concerned. Anyway, I hope you have better luck finding the pros and cons regarding affiliated/non affiliated doctors than I am having.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:55 AM
 
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A lot of the doctors groups are now owned by the various hospitals - that's why you find one group or another with privileges there. We've been in the area so long that we chose our doctors long before any of this stuff happened. It just so happens now that my doctors are all CMC and the closest hospital to me is Presbyterian. The downside to an ER visit to Presbyterian is that my docs can't just go into the computer and pull up my ER visit records.....and it's a pain to have records sent. If I ever had a situation where I thought I needed to be admitted, I would go to CMC. But for an ER visit, I still choose Presby because it's most convenient. And if you want to get technical, I actually would chose an Urgent Care affiliated with CMC based on my docs unless it's after their hours, then it's Presby.

Since that post by Hazel in 2009 - a lot has changed in the area in regards to the hospitals buying the doctor's groups.

Star, I don't quite understand your question about using internist vs current primary care phycisian. What specialty is your current PCP? My internist is my PCP and it wouldn't occur to me to have any other specialty as mine. Being female, I have a gynecologist as well, but he's my secondary doc, but he does take the lead in anything female related - although I have all records sent to both of my doctors. To me - your primary care physician should be able to take care of all aspects of your health. My PCP could do all of my gynecological exams if I chose him to. I have just kept my gynecologist because I've been seeing him forever throughout all the births of my kids and he knows me well. I would never choose him as my PCP thought because I'm not going to go see him if I have the flu.

If both of these docs are docs who can see you for anything, I'd go with the one who knows me most and who I felt most comfortable with. I personally would want my doc to have hospital privileges. I can't imagine a doc not having them. I know it used to be where a doc had privileges, but didn't necessarily need to be affiliated with them. If a doc didn't have privileges, it would be because the hospital revoked those privileges and that would be bad because hospitals don't revoke privileges for no reason. Now again, that was the way it used to be - so I'm not saying that your internist who doesn't have privileges has anything wrong with him. If it were me though, I'd want to know why and I'd do some researching about his/her licensure.

I am not adverse to either hospital - I actually used to work at Presbyterian (both Main and Matthews), but even when I worked there, I would be a patient at CMC when I needed hospitalizations. My reason for that was two-fold - I knew good and well my co-workers would be busy-bodies and look up my records, and my doc was affiliated with CMC. Both hospitals are very good.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:16 AM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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I got a note about six months ago that said that I would no longer see my doc in the hospital, but I would see a hospitalist from the practice. Still affiliated with my doc, but not my doc. To me, that is nothing. I would not worry about it. It ain't like the old days. My doc hardly ever saw me, even when he admitted me.
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