How to Find Doctors Who Accept Medicaid

by Scott Krohn ; Updated October 25, 2017

Medicaid provides a variety of services that are deemed medically necessary for people with low income and can be confused with Medicare, which provides medical services for people who are 65 and older or have a qualifying disability. Both are managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which provides a variety of resources to help people find doctors that accept payments from these programs.

Online Searches for Doctors

Search online for doctors who accept Medicaid payments through the Physician Compare portal on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website. Once on the Physician Compare page, enter your ZIP code or city and state in the location box. You can refine your search by entering the doctor’s name, specialty or a medical condition. For example, the terms "dental," "mental health" or "hospice_"_ can be used to narrow a search to a specific specialty or condition. Additional options include tabs for group practices that accept Medicaid as well as a search that combines gender, the area of the body, the medical problem and a specialty. This search is on the "Search Another Way" tab. The page also has a video tutorial to enhance search results.

Online Searches for Hospitals

Locate hospitals that accept Medicaid payments through the Hospital Compare portal on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website. You can search for a hospital using either a ZIP code or city and state. The Hospital Compare page also offers links to a variety of resources including hospital surveys, inpatient/outpatient services and data on the number of specific procedures performed at each hospital in the Medicaid database.

Contacting CMS

While Medicaid is funded by the federal government, programs are administered by each state with varying services. If you don't have Internet access, you can reach the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by phone at 877-267-2323. For TTY service, call the center at 866-226-1819. Provide your ZIP code, and a CMS representative can find doctors in your area that accept Medicaid payments.

About the Author

After working for 21 years as a licensed adviser specializing in corporate and private finance, Scott Krohn began his writing career in 2008 covering a variety of topics including business, personal finance, health, and IT. He graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach with Bachelor of Arts degree.