|July 3, 2012
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Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act of 2010
With the Supreme Court decision, announced June 28, 2012, to uphold the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has an opportunity to help the law achieve its goal of making high quality, affordable health care available to all Americans.
The ACA creates programs for developing quality measures, rewarding quality and safety, encouraging the adoption of health information technology, researching patient outcomes, exploring new models of care delivery to better coordinate care and enhancing public and community health. These provisions promise to improve care delivery and the health of the public. These are goals ABMS shares.
Since its founding in 1933, ABMS and its 24 Member Boards have maintained a rigorous process for certifying that physicians meet stringent requirements to practice in more than 150 specialties and subspecialties. These requirements are now met by more than 80% of practicing physicians in the United States.
The Act explicitly recognizes ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®), a program underway by Member Boards to assure that certified medical specialists maintain the advanced knowledge and capabilities essential to high-quality patient care. To create reporting efficiencies, the ACA establishes ABMS MOC as a pathway for satisfying federal requirements and includes a temporary incentive program to encourage physician participation. These provisions build on the strengths of the private, voluntary system of professional self-regulation.
ABMS looks forward to working with its Member Boards, fellow health care organizations and policy makers in the coming months to achieve the high-quality, patient-centered system of care envisioned by the ACA.
Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA
ABMS President and CEO
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.