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

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"ABMS and its Member Boards are an important part of physician accountability in the quality movement," said Kevin B. Weiss, MD, ABMS president and CEO. "We are confident that this forum will help us collaborate with public and private stakeholders so that we remain responsive to the public's need for a more effective healthcare system."

The need for reliable information is greater than ever as the quest to improve the quality and efficiency of medical care in the United States has become paramount. Recently, ABMS and its Member Boards launched the ABMS 2008-2011 Enhanced Public Trust Initiative, which is designed to examine how ABMS can be responsive to the need for increasing public transparency in physician accountability and to guide the design and implementation of new programs, research and expanded ABMS resource offerings for the public.

About ABMS. Now in its 75th year, American Board of Medical Specialties is the organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. It assists its 24 Member Boards in their efforts to develop and implement educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. ABMS Member Boards provide physician certification information to ABMS for its certification verification service programs. ABMS is recognized by the key healthcare credentialing accreditation entities as a primary equivalent source of board certification data for medical specialists. Patients can visit www.abms.org or call toll-free 1-866-ASK-ABMS to see if their physician is board certified by an ABMS Member Board. For more information about ABMS visit www.abms.org or call (847) 491-9091.

The 24 Member Boards that make up the ABMS Board Enterprise covers over 145 medical specialties and
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