If you’re interested in keeping tabs on your doctor, HealthGrades now offers a notification service.
The Web site, www.healthgrades.com, is best known for its hospital ratings. But given the information it compiles, a physician notification service is a natural addition.
The “Watchdog” e-mail alert service costs $4.95 a month.
Notification items include board certification, disciplinary actions, malpractice suits and patient safety reviews.
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HealthGrades maintains quality profiles on almost every practicing physician in the country. The profile includes information on the doctor’s medical training, patient ratings, state and federal sanctions, malpractice judgments (in 15 states), procedure costs and hospital affiliations.
Subscribers to the service receive e-mail alerts when a physician’s information changes. Comprehensive physician profiles cost $29.95.
Jeff Raymond, Medical Writer