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News Release: More Doctors to Publicly Report Maintenance of Certification Status in ABMS Database
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ABMS Media Contact: Lori Boukas
(312) 436-2626
lboukas@abms.org


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More Doctors to Publicly Report
Maintenance of Certification Status in ABMS Database

CHICAGO – September 5, 2012 – Eleven Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) 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. “ABMS is pleased to serve as the central repository of public information now reflecting MOC data from 18 Member Boards, and looks forward to full Member Board participation by early 2014.”

The 11 Member Boards include the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Medical Genetics, American Board of Neurological Surgery, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Ophthalmology, American Board of Preventive Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Thoracic Surgery and American Board of Urology.

Member Boards reporting this information since August 2011 include the American Board of Dermatology, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Plastic Surgery and American Board of Surgery.

The remaining six ABMS Member Boards expect to make the MOC status of the doctors they certify available in the future. Specifically, the American Board of Anesthesiology will provide its information later in 2012, the American Board of Radiology and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery plan to make their information available in 2013, and the American Board of Pathology expects to provide its information in early 2014. The American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Pediatrics are expected to announce the date their information is available in the near future.

The results of researching a doctor’s status show the doctor’s name, the name of the ABMS Member Board(s) that certifies the doctor and a “Yes”, “No” or “Not Required” response to the question of whether the doctor is meeting the MOC requirements of that Member Board. (The doctor’s certifying Board(s) determines whether or not he or she is meeting its MOC requirements.) In addition, the doctor’s profile contains the following new features:

  • The status of all specialty and subspecialty certificates (for example, a doctor can be Board Certified in General Obstetrics and Gynecology AND the subspecialty of Maternal and Fetal Medicine).
  • For a doctor who became Board Certified before his or her Member Board(s) established its MOC program, and is not required to participate in MOC, a “Not Required” option is provided to indicate whether that doctor is meeting the MOC requirements of his or her Member Board(s). (If such a doctor is voluntarily meeting the MOC requirements of his or her Member Board(s), his or her profile will show a “Yes”.)

“As the organization that has set the gold standard in physician specialty certification for more than 75 years, this effort further demonstrates ABMS’ commitment to advance quality health care for patients,” Dr. Nora said.

Board Certified doctors voluntarily meet additional specialty-specific standards beyond what is required for state licensing. Board Certification by an ABMS Member Board involves a rigorous process of testing and peer evaluation that is designed and administered by specialists in a specific area of medicine. Nearly 800,000 doctors are Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board(s). The ABMS MOC program promotes career-long learning, quality improvement activities and self-assessment. It helps demonstrate to the public that doctors Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board(s) continually refresh and expand their knowledge. Today, more than 375,000 doctors participate in an ABMS MOC program sponsored by their Member Board(s).

The ABMS MOC program is being incorporated into the credentialing process and is recognized as an important quality marker by insurers, hospitals and quality and credentialing organizations as well as the federal government.

This information will be displayed by ABMS licensees and Official Display Agents. For more information about the Official Display Agents, please visit http://www.abms.org/Who_We_Help/Professional_Organizations/pdf/DisplayAgentList.pdf.


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About ABMS
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.