ABMS works closely with its Associate Members and other stakeholders toward a common vision of excellence in specialty care and to make the certification system more relevant, meaningful, and impactful.
American Medical Association
ABMS works closely with the American Medical Association on the development of registries and performance measures that can be used to assess and improve physician performance. Through the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®), ABMS Member Boards have developed performance measures that can be used to support physician practice improvement and public quality reporting programs. Through the National Quality Registry Network®, ABMS has promoted the development of clinical registries to measure and improve patient health outcomes.
American Hospital Association
In association with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other stakeholders, ABMS has been helping to define the expectations of physician training and assessment in the competencies most important to reform health care delivery. Lifelong Learning—Physician Competency Development is an AHA-led effort that emphasizes the competencies essential to team-based, value-driven care.
Council for Medical Specialty Societies
ABMS and the Council for Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) collaborate to identify ways in which specialty boards and societies can work toward their common mission to ensure that physicians have access to high quality learning and improvement activities. To date, they have hosted two Specialty Society – Board Summits; the first one held in September 2013 and the second one in October 2014, both in Chicago. Continuing the collaboration in 2015, ABMS and CMSS cohosted a webinar on an approach that Member Boards could use to expedite recognition of Society-sponsored programs and services. The webinar entitled Achieving Deemed Status: A Way Forward for MOC showcased the collaborative relationship between the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and American College of Radiology (ACR). ABR Executive Director Valerie P. Jackson, MD, and ACR Chief Executive Officer William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, discussed the ABR’s program that allows societies to create and deploy MOC activities efficiently and easily. View a recording of the webinar, which was hosted on April 10, 2015.
Coalition for Physician Accountability
The Coalition for Physician Accountability brings together all the major national organizations engaged in the education, training, and assessment of physiciansto create a consistent and aligned system for developing and improving the quality of the physician workforce and promoting professional accountability. In 2013, Coalition members adopted a consensus statement on the framework for physician competence.