Are Your Hospital Bylaws Current?

Young female doctor in front of a group of hospital staffersThe American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) urges hospital groups and other healthcare organizations to keep their bylaws, hiring practices, and other protocols updated and relevant. Bylaws ensure that medical professionals in a hospital are appropriately qualified and set quality standards that assure patients of safe and effective medical care. However, many bylaws in place today were written decades ago when the medical environment was significantly different.

How Bylaws Help Set Conditions for Quality Medical Care

As the importance of physician board certification continues to grow, hospitals must compete to hire the most talented and dedicated professionals. Outdated bylaws or bylaws that narrowly recognize only certain physician-certifying bodies can undermine hospitals’ efforts to attract qualified physicians, depriving patients of exceptional medical care provided by board-certified physicians.

Are Your Hospital’s Bylaws Inclusive?

The ABPS is committed to offering the highest standards in physician board certification that meet the healthcare needs of the public. Our strict eligibility requirements and rigorous examination process ensure that any physician who earns certification through one of our Member Boards has the expertise to provide the highest level of patient care. Federal organizations that recognize the ABPS include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Veterans’ Health Administration. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor has revised its definition of multispecialty board certification to specifically include the ABPS alongside the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Why ABPS Diplomates Deserve Recognition

ABPS Diplomates can be found in all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada. Leading healthcare and credentialing entities such as Greely, HCPro, and the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) recognize ABPS-certified physicians. Unfortunately, when bylaws exclude our Diplomates, despite their ample skills, hospitals miss opportunities to hire top medical specialists who have boosted the reputation of countless healthcare organizations.

To learn more about the ABPS and how your hospital could benefit from recognizing our talented Diplomates, contact us today.

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When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine