Throughout the COVID-19 epidemic, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its 24 Member...
Statement Regarding the Release of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission Final Report to the ABMS Board of Directors
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its 24 Member Boards commend the members of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision of the Future Commission (Commission) for their dedication and hard work in creating their final report (PDF) for the ABMS Board of Directors…
ABMS and the American Board of Dermatology are pleased that a US District Court has granted our motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the establishment of subspecialty certification in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery…
In its letter, DOJ affirms that hospitals and health plans should be free to set their own quality standards and admonishes that any legislation to prevent consideration of MOC would diminish free, open, and fair competition among legitimate certifying bodies and might itself have anti-competitive effects. The DOJ acknowledges the value to consumers and health systems of “certifying that a provider has demonstrated a certain level of training, testing, or experience over and above other providers.”
Statement from ABMS and its Member Boards to Specialty and State Medical Societies about Maintenance of Certification
Our commitment to delivering meaningful continuing certification programs and what we are doing about it …
The Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’s dismisses lawsuit filed by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc.
ABMS and its 24 Member Boards are committed to establishing and maintaining high quality standards for physician specialists. More than 860,000 physicians in the United States are board certified by one or more of the 24 ABMS Member Boards. ABMS Board certification is a recognized benchmark of public trust and represents a physician’s personal commitment to providing a high standard of quality patient care.
ABMS recognizes and commends the ACGME for its work in creating and issuing the approved revisions to Section VI of its Common Program Requirements. ABMS endorses the new requirements as they go beyond a singular focus on clinical and educational work hours, and address other essential components necessary for training our country’s next generation of physicians.
ABMS is opposed to the American Medical Association’s call for the immediate end to any mandatory, secure recertifying examination by ABMS or other certifying organizations as part of the recertification process for those specialties that still require a secure, high-stakes recertification examination.
Board certification matters. It has been a hallmark of public and professional trust for the past century and is so today. But make no mistake. The need to demonstrate professionalism, lifelong learning, assessment, patient safety, and quality improvement – the values that certification represents – does not end with initial certification.
On February 3, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), an ABMS Member Board, announced a significant review of its Program for Maintenance of Certification (MOC).On February 3, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), an ABMS Member Board, announced a significant review of its Program for Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
ABMS Member Boards’ MOC Programs serve the public’s health and are an important part of professional self-regulation that provides a discipline-specific framework for continuing professional development and learning in support of ABMS Board Certification.
ABMS supports ABIM in its efforts to make its MOC Program more meaningful for its physicians while maintaining the high level of quality envisioned by the 2015 Standards for the ABMS Program for MOC (ABMS MOC®). An important goal of the standards is to provide physicians a relevant, user-friendly, and meaningful MOC process as those ABMS Member Board-certified physicians care for their patients, families, and communities. ABIM’s acknowledgement that its MOC Program could improve clearly demonstrates that ABIM is listening to the internal medicine community and is serious about making changes as part of its own continuous quality improvement process.
All ABMS Member Boards share a focus on helping to ensure that patients receive the high quality medical care that they have come to expect from Board Certified physicians.