More Doctors to Publicly Report Maintenance of Certification
Status on American Board of Medical Specialties’ Consumer Website
CHICAGO – September 6, 2012 –Since its inception, consumers have visited www.CertificationMatters.org to find out if their doctor is Board Certified by a Member Board(s) of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Now they can visit the same site and find out whether their allergist or ophthalmologist— among a growing number of other medical specialists—is meeting requirements that show their commitment to lifelong learning and ongoing self-evaluation. Eleven ABMS Member Boards have joined seven other Member Boards in reporting publicly whether the doctors they certify are meeting ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) requirements.
“ABMS is meeting its commitment to patients, families and communities by providing easy access to important information about individual doctors,” said Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer. And the public is taking notice. Since its launch in February 2011, more than 1.1 million people visited www.CertificationMatters.org to learn whether their doctor is Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board(s). “Clearly, the website has become a valuable resource for consumers,” she added. “With the addition of physicians from 11 more Member Boards, we expect even more people to use the website.”
Since 1933, the ABMS Member Boards have been certifying doctors to help assure patients as well as hospitals, health plans, insurers and the government that these doctors are qualified to provide expert health care in an ever-expanding number of medical specialties and subspecialties. To demonstrate that Board Certified doctors continuously refresh and expand their knowledge, the ABMS MOC program was established to include career-long learning, quality improvement activities and self-assessment.
For information on which ABMS Member Boards are reporting their doctors’ MOC status and how to determine if a specific doctor is meeting the requirements of an ABMS MOC program, read more.
Nearly 800,000 doctors are Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board(s). Today, more than 375,000 doctors participate in an ABMS MOC program sponsored by their Member Board(s).
For more than 75 years, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has been the medical organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. It assists its 24 Member Boards in their efforts to develop and implement educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. ABMS Member Boards provide physician certification information to ABMS for its certification verification service programs. ABMS is recognized by the key health care credentialing accreditation entities as a primary equivalent source of Board Certification data for medical specialists. Patients can visit www.CertificationMatters.org or call toll-free (866) ASK-ABMS to see if their physician is Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board. For more information about ABMS, visit www.abms.org or call (312) 436-2600.
The 24 Member Boards that comprise the ABMS Board Enterprise and certify nearly 800,000 physicians include the: American Board of Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Dermatology, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Genetics, American Board of Neurological Surgery, American Board of Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Ophthalmology, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Board of Pathology, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Preventive Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Radiology, American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery and American Board of Urology.