Board cer­ti­fi­ca­tion = qual­ity

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

The Health Af­fairs study noted in Andis Robeznieks ar­ti­cle (“No real dif­fer­ence seen in qual­ity of care from for­eign-trained docs,” ModernHealth­, Aug. 3) pre­sented ev­i­dence on find­ings about in­ter­na­tional vs. U.S.-based med­i­cal train­ing. How­ever, the ar­ti­cle over­looked ad­di­tional study find­ings that war­rant at­ten­tion. The study also found new ev­i­dence of the link be­tween physi­cian board cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and qual­ity of care.

These find­ings are sig­nif­i­cant be­cause they rep­re­sent im­por­tant qual­ity dis­tinc­tions that are rel­e­vant to the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion of physi­cians in the U.S. The find­ings in­clude:

Spe­cialty board cer­ti­fi­ca­tion was as­so­ci­ated with lower mor­tal­ity and shorter stays.

Physi­cian per­for­mance de­clined over time, with mor­tal­ity rates and length of stays in­creas­ing with the num­ber of years since grad­u­a­tion from med­i­cal school.

This re­search un­der­scores the value of spe­cialty board cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment, adding to the grow­ing body of ev­i­dence link­ing board cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and im­proved care out­comes.

Kevin B. Weiss Pres­i­dent and CEO Amer­i­can Board of Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ties



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