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News Release: Post-Election Statement: ABMS Congratulates President Obama on Re-Election
November 15, 2012

For additional information contact:
Lori Boukas
Director of Communications
(312) 436-2626

Post-Election Statement:
ABMS Congratulates President Obama on Re-Election

The American Board of Medical Specialties® (ABMS®) and its 24 specialty Member Boards, wish to congratulate President Obama on his re-election and offer our support. The ABMS Member Boards represent nearly 800,000 Board Certified physicians, active in over 150 specialties and subspecialties.

The challenges facing our nation’s health care system are substantial: care is costly, quality is uneven and significant health disparities exist among Americans across regions and within communities. ABMS looks forward to working with the Administration to advance a national health care agenda that continues to build on the strengths of our health care system while addressing health disparities, improving quality and reducing costs.

A not-for-profit organization, ABMS works in collaboration with its Member Boards to provide quality patient care by developing and advancing educational and professional standards. For more than 75 years, ABMS Member Board Certification has served the public trust by strengthening the quality of our nation’s specialty physicians. The ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) program, in place for the past ten years, is an important part of professional self-regulation and provides continuous quality assessment of physicians in our country.

We encourage the Administration and Congress to maintain a continued commitment to health care quality improvement. ABMS and its Member Boards are actively working to identify and implement meaningful indicators of physician performance; to integrate quality assessment and patient safety into certification requirements; and to facilitate better coordination of patient care across systems and specialties. By supporting such efforts, the Administration will greatly expand the nation’s capacity to improve patient care. In addition, we encourage the Administration and Congress to maintain their longstanding support for graduate medical education to help educate and prepare the next generation of physicians.

We look forward to working together to achieve our shared goals and build toward a health care system that is efficient and innovative, fosters continuous assessment and improvement, and provides high quality, effective care to all who need it.