Policy Development

ABMS contributes to national policy debates about the training of physician specialists and the assessment of physician performance.

National Policy Forum

Since 2011, ABMS has convened a National Policy Forum in Washington, DC, bringing together policy makers, national health care experts, and leaders of the Member Boards Community to address such issues as the implications for certification of the meaningful use of Health Information Technology, the National Quality Strategy, and methods for measuring physician performance.

2015 National Policy Forum

Approximately 130 individuals attended the 2015 ABMS National Policy Forum entitled Future of Practice: Transformation to Patient-centered Systems held in April 2015. Attendees represented the Member Boards Community, specialty societies, and health care systems and hospitals, as well as health care associations. Health finance and delivery leaders, policy makers, and medical specialty practice experts shared their insights about changing clinical systems, physician engagement in reform, the competencies of patient-centered practice, and the legislative environment shaping health policy.

2014 National Policy Forum

The 2014 ABMS National Policy Forum entitled Future of Practice: Implications for the ABMS Boards Certification System explored broad issues about the need to incorporate new skills in training that emphasize inter-professional teamwork, quality improvement and safety science, and flexible certification systems that enable physicians to adapt their practices to new technology and changing population health needs. Read a summary of the proceedings.

Quality Initiatives

Through engagement with national organizations, ABMS contributes to setting quality priorities and standards for measurement and improvement of health care. The National Quality Forum sets standards for measuring quality and accountability. The Measurement Applications Partnership recommends measures for use in federal quality programs. The National Priorities Partnership sets national QI priorities in the private sector, and the Quality Alliance Steering Committee brings together broad stakeholders to implement measures and improve quality and efficiency.

Council on Graduate Medical Education

With a deep commitment to the development of effective and efficient training programs for specialty physicians, ABMS leadership sits on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, a federally constituted advisory body that provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Congress on a range of physician workforce issues.