Advocacy

ABMS works with state and federal policymakers, other accreditors, hospitals, and health plans to promote this vision of excellence in medical practice.

ABMS seeks to align continuous certification with other physician quality assessment and reporting initiatives to increase its relevance, reduce the burden and cost of competing quality requirements, and assure that the commitments physicians make to keep their knowledge and skills up to date are fully honored and leveraged.

For example, the Physician Quality Reporting System is a federal quality initiative that seeks to use performance transparency and financial incentives to improve the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. The Member Boards have contributed measures for use in federal quality reporting and have incorporated federal measures into their own practice assessment Programs for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Learn what ABMS has had to say about federal quality reporting requirements.

ABMS also has been working with state medical licensing boards to accept MOC activities as evidence that physicians satisfy state continuing medical education requirements for licensure renewal. Conversations are underway in numerous states across the country.

In 2011, ABMS created an Ambassadors Network to increase awareness among state and national policy makers about the value of certification and issues important to the ABMS Member Boards Community.