Spe­cialty boards launch ini­tia­tive to change re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - By Maria Castel­lucci

The Amer­i­can Board of Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ties and its 24 mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tions are col­lab­o­rat­ing to re-eval­u­ate how physi­cians are cer­ti­fied for con­tin­ued prac­tice.

The ef­fort to re­vamp the re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process—dubbed Con­tin­u­ing Board Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: Vi­sion for the Fu­ture—comes amid con­tro­versy over spe­cialty boards and their prac­tices. To main­tain cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, doc­tors must com­plete a main­te­nance-of-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram, which is a con­tin­u­ous train­ing and self-as­sess­ment process that re­placed pe­ri­odic physi­cian test­ing.

The Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion has long ar­gued that the ABMS’ main­te­nance-of-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram has lit­tle value. There have also been con­cerns that spe­cialty so­ci­eties are more gen­er­a­tors of rev­enue than help­ful to doc­tors. A re­cent JAMA study found fees col­lected by spe­cialty boards for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ex­am­i­na­tions made up 88% of board rev­enue in 2013, yet test ad­min­is­tra­tion ac­counted for only 21% of spend­ing.

Al­though board cer­ti­fi­ca­tion isn't a re­quire­ment to prac­tice medicine, most hos­pi­tals seek only board-cer­ti­fied physi­cians. More than 800,000 physi­cians in the U.S. are cer­ti­fied by one of the Amer­i­can Board of Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ties’ 24 mem­ber boards.

“I think our boards want to be re­spon­sive to the stresses physi­cians are un­der and that has been one of the big rea­sons boards have been trans­form­ing their as­sess­ment pro­cesses,” said Dr. Lois Mar­garet Nora, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Amer­i­can Board of Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ties.

A com­mis­sion with at least 21 stake­hold­ers will be es­tab­lished in the next few months to lead the ini­tia­tive.

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