Position Statements

ABMS Statement on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Assessment 2020 Task Force Report

ABMS Statement on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Assessment 2020 Task Force Report

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recognizes the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for its long-time commitment and dedicated efforts to evolve the future direction of its Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. We recognize the work of the ABIM Assessment 2020 Task Force and the publication of its report, “A Vision for Certification in Internal Medicine in 2020,” acknowledging that the recommendations proposed in the report are not ABIM policy.

ABMS and its Member Boards are committed to a rigorous, relevant, and meaningful MOC program which emphasizes ongoing professional development, assessment and improvement. Board Certification is a physician’s personal commitment to providing a high standard of quality patient care which is a recognized benchmark of public trust. ABMS understands that today’s physicians contend with enormous changes in health care—from larger and more diverse patient populations emerging as result of the establishment of the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges to the challenges and burdens of a value-based reimbursement system, all of which have a financial impact and place additional demands on physicians’ time.

The rapidly changing health care landscape makes the physician’s role in quality improvement (QI) initiatives all the more critical, and the MOC QI requirements all the more relevant. We firmly believe that QI requires physician engagement, active participation and leadership to achieve better patient outcomes and improved safety for our patients, their families, and communities. Our profession not only deserves, but will increasingly need, these QI initiatives to meet the greater demands of the evolving health care system.

ABMS supports and encourages the work of all our Member Boards which, like ABIM, are exploring innovative ways to improve MOC to ensure that it is meaningful and relevant to the physician’s practice and that it contributes to quality care for patients. We look forward to the findings of the ABIM subcommittee as they assess the report’s recommendations and work to improve their MOC program.