Are Your Hospital’s Medical Staff Bylaws Inclusive?

Are Your Hospital’s Medical Staff Bylaws InclusiveHospitals throughout the United States have established credentialing requirements and bylaws to ensure that their medical professionals are, at the very least, appropriately qualified. Bylaws aim at setting a standard of quality that ultimately assures patients they will receive safe, compassionate, and effective medical care. In a real sense, physician board certification achieves the same goals.

Certification is a demanding, completely voluntary process of education and testing through which only those physicians who meet stringent eligibility requirements have a chance to demonstrate their overall medical skills. It’s a hard-earned distinction that the medical industry generally recognizes. So, the question becomes, why would hospitals create bylaws to deny qualified physicians a choice in board certification?

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is a nationally recognized certifying body with 12 specialty boards and Diplomates in 19 specialties. Federal organizations that recognize the ABPS include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Veterans’ Health Administration and the U.S States Armed Forces. The U.S. Department of Labor revised their definition of multispecialty board certification to specifically include ABPS alongside the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

If your hospital has not yet updated its bylaws to include the ABPS, we trust that the attributes of ABPS Diplomates cited here are smart reasons to do so. At the ABPS, we’re committed to physician certification that creates standards for identifying world-class specialists who deliver exceptional medical care. To learn more about the ABPS, our Member Boards, and our Diplomates, contact us today.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.

Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine