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ABMS Hosts First National Health Policy Forum to Address Physician Accountability and Health System Performance Standards
Date:3/13/2009

EVANSTON, Ill., March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the ongoing effort to ensure physician and healthcare quality standards, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is convening consumer, legislative and purchaser stakeholders for a March 17 National Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. ABMS is the not-for-profit organization that oversees U.S. physician certification through its 24 Member Boards.

Keynote speakers at the forum are Janet M. Corrigan, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, National Quality Forum, and Barry M. Straube, MD, chief medical officer, director of the Office of Clinical Standards & Quality Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The forum will include discussions with panelists representing national consumer organizations, purchaser coalitions and U.S. Senate staff to address the role of physician certification standards in achieving quality care while containing costs. Panelists include Helen Darling, MA, BS, president, National Business Group on Health; Peter V. Lee, JD, executive director, National Health Policy Pacific Business Group on Health; Joyce Dubow, senior advisor, AARP Office of Policy and Strategy; Debra L. Ness, MS, president, National Partnership for Women and Families; Chris Dawe, professional staff, Senate Finance Committee; and Kavita Patel, MD, MSHS, deputy staff director for the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

The focal point of the forum will be how ABMS and its Member Boards can best interact with public and private stakeholders in enhancing health system performance to benefit American consumers.

For the past 75 years, ABMS and its Member Boards have been a leading and trusted resource for consumers and healthcare professionals seeking information on physician qualifications, first by establishing board certification, then recertification and, in recent years, ABMS Maintenance of Cert
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