The Importance of Checking Physician Certification

Checking a physician’s Board Certification and ABMS Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®) status is an essential step in choosing a physician or constructing a physician’s professional profile.

When you select a physician for your care or to care for someone in your family, you are looking for a physician you can trust – someone who understands your needs and will be your health care partner. You expect that the certifications held by your physicians represent a current demonstration of their knowledge, skills, and experience to provide quality care in a specialty or subspecialty. Hospitals and health care groups share this view and use a credentialing process that involves checking a physician’s Board Certification, education, training, experience, and other background information before granting practice privileges. Insurance companies, law firms, recruiters, and research organizations also regularly check Board Certification status for their particular purposes.   

By selecting a Board Certified specialist or subspecialist you show how valued their efforts are in becoming Board Certified and in maintaining their certification. This is the foundation for achieving the high-quality, professional health care we all seek and deserve.

About the ABMS Physician Certification Database

Information about a physician’s certification status has always been available through ABMS. The ABMS physician certification database is the most widely respected and accepted resource for Board Certification information. It includes information on more than 800,000 physicians. The information is recognized by The Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, URAC, and other agencies as satisfying for Primary Source Verification as needed by professional organizations.

Our database is refreshed daily with information from all 24 ABMS specialty Member Boards. The Member Boards provide information to ABMS after a certification exam is given or from a physician’s request to update. This information is uploaded, matched, and thoroughly checked for quality and accuracy. Once this process is complete, the data is activated and is accessible through our public resources and professional licensing and subscription services.