Are Your Hospital’s Medical Staff Bylaws Inclusive?
Hospitals 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.