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Accepting New Patients — 

Our Online Doctor & Hospital Finder includes this information for participating doctors or other health care professionals. This information is collected before a doctor or other health care professional joins our network(s) and it is verified at least every 36 months upon re-credentialing or as new information is received from the doctor or other health care professional. This information may change at any time. We recommend contacting the doctors’s or other health care professional’s office to confirm this is correct.

Accountable Care Organization — 

An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a group of hospitals, doctors and other health care professionals who all agree to share accountability for a set of patients’ complete range of care, so the quality of care for all patients improves while unnecessary expenses are reduced.

Acupuncture — 

A practice in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes or to relieve pain or produce regional anesthesia.

Adolescent Medicine — 

A specialty focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases occurring during the period beginning with puberty until the cessation of bodily growth.

Allergy and Immunology — 

A specialty focusing on the diagnosis of disorders caused by hypersensitivity to various substances.

Ambulance Provider — 

Provider of emergency transportation for patients to a medical facility in cases of accident, trauma or sudden, severe illness.

Ambulatory Surgery Center — 

A facility that provides outpatient, same-day surgical procedures.

Audiology — 

A specialty focusing on hearing disorders through identification and evaluation of hearing loss, and the rehabilitation of persons with hearing loss.

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