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Make Your Bylaws Inclusive

Make Your Bylaws InclusiveWhen a healthcare facility hires a board certified physician, it sends a positive message to both patients and staff: This doctor is a proven and accomplished practitioner whom you can trust to deliver exceptional medical care. To ensure that their physicians are properly credentialed and indeed have the ability to provide quality healthcare, organizations throughout the United States have established bylaws. But when bylaws are unclear or unintentionally restrictive, an organization could well miss opportunities to hire skilled and knowledgeable practitioners.

While there are some hospitals that may not require physician board certification for staff membership, or that have requirements so stringent as to bar any candidate who has not passed certification on a first attempt, we can assume that hospitals write bylaws to attract doctors who are among the best in their chosen specialties. Unfortunately, some bylaws unwittingly block physicians certified by respected osteopathic boards, non-U.S. boards, and any new board that is not associated with the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Indeed, hospitals should strive to maintain the highest quality of medical care, but if bylaws restrict a perfectly qualified and experienced doctor who just so happens to be certified with a non-ABMS board, it is patients who ultimately suffer. Because medical staff bylaws serve to establish quality, they should be written as carefully as possible to achieve this goal.

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is one of the three nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying bodies. At the ABPS, we are committed to providing patients with the best medical care possible. Our strict eligibility requirements and rigorous examination process ensure that any physician who earns certification through one of our Member Boards is able to provide the highest level of patient care.

To learn more about the ABPS and its unwavering commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of the public, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®