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ABMS and NQF Convene Summit on Enhancing Physician Performance: Stakeholders Agree Board Certification Should Play Bigger Role in Healthcare Quality Improvement
Date:8/17/2009

ess forward. We've got a lot of work to do, but all agreed that ABMS Maintenance of Certification(R) (ABMS MOC(R)) is a major step in the right direction. Many ideas were discussed regarding ways to make it increasingly beneficial."

"The Summit was an opportunity to identify how we, as professionals, can maximize the contributions of the medical specialty boards," said Janet Corrigan, PhD, MBA, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum. "We share a common goal to create a world-class health system that delivers safe, effective care to everyone. As the healthcare landscape changes, we all need to work together to improve quality. The specialty boards play a key role in the drive toward high quality healthcare."

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 and then recertification. In recent years, ABMS established MOC to assure physician commitment to lifelong learning and competency in a specialty and/or subspecialty by requiring ongoing measurement of six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communications skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.

"At Mayo, all physicians must be board certified and maintain that certification," said speaker Richard Berger, MD, PhD, dean, Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, professor of orthopedics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Mayo physicians "are incorporating MOC into their daily activities so it's literally part of the culture. Physicians then make meaningful improvements and everyone wins - boards, physicians, systems and, most of all, patients."

Among the speakers was Bob Kocher, MD, special assistant to President Barack Obama, National Economic Council, who noted th
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