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Choosing a health care provider

Posted: 5:16 PM, Jan 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-08 23:16:35Z

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Choosing a health care provider can be stressful, but there are tools available that can make the process easier.

Experts say to consider referrals from your family practitioner or trusted friends when choosing a health care provider.

You can also search your insurance company's list of preferred providers to find doctors within your network of coverage.

Consumer Reports recommends considering a hospital's affiliation and it's rankings when choosing a center. US News offers an analysis ranking healthcare providers across the country.

There are tools people can use to learn more about a doctor's history.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services allows people to search for disciplinary actions against a physician or medical provider. It also lists online the status of a healthcare worker's license.

You can also check board certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties.