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Board Certification Options for Rural Physicians

Family medicine physicians are an essential part of the emergency medicine safety net. Without their contribution, many rural areas of the country would lack adequate emergency care. Still, studies show that rural areas are grossly underserved medically. In fact, for patients in some rural communities, the ER is their only access to health care. Given the nation’s ongoing shortage of ...

The Physician Advisor’s Role as Healthcare Continues to Evolve, According to Adam Rench, MD

I’m part of the physician advisor staff at MedManagement LLC, also known as EdiPhy Advisors, which functions primarily as an independent review organization. I became interested in becoming a physician advisor during my clinical practice, when I grew intrigued with the “nonclinical” approach to patient care. At the time I knew little about process improvement, utilization management, auditing, appeals, and ...

Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics Has Expanded

The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO) recognizes that physicians who practice the specialty provide full obstetric care as part of their family practices, and therefore require board certification that recognizes the diverse scope of healthcare they deliver. The BCFMO also understands that many family medicine physicians gain an advanced level of training and experience through recognized fellowship ...

Melinda Ring, MD, FACP, ABOIM on Cooking Up Health

In 2016, a partnership between the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University and the nonprofit organization Common Threads led to the creation of Cooking Up Health, a culinary medicine course for health professionals. Culinary medicine blends the art of cooking with the science of medicine. The CUH program at NU’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago focuses not ...

Dr. Apple Bodemer on How to Improve Your Skin Health

Your skin health has a significant impact on your quality of life. That’s one of the realizations that got me interested in dermatology during medical school. Over the years, I’ve come to understand that of all the organs in the body, the skin is often one that motivates people to make a health change. It’s hard for patients to feel ...

Is Your Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program Approved?

Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented medical specialty that focuses on the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. The integrative medicine practitioner makes decisions about illness prevention and treatment based on medical evidence and uses all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare modalities, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. In the United States, the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) ...

Are Your Hospital’s Medical Staff Bylaws Current?

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) encourages hospital groups and other healthcare organizations to review and update their bylaws, hiring practices, and other protocols to ensure that they remain updated and relevant. Bylaws aim to ensure that a hospital’s medical professionals are appropriately qualified and set a standard of quality that assures patients they can receive safe and effective ...

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Is an Example of How the National Medical Standard Has Changed to Recognize ABPS Board Certifications

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers the Medicare program and works with state governments to administer Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and health insurance portability standards. Like other federal organizations, CMS has updated its standards to recognize physician board ...

Why Is Choice in Physician Board Certification Important?

Having a choice in the physician you see to treat your illness or a choice at which hospital a family member receives medical care strikes many Americans as a fundamental right. We all want good options when it comes to our medical care. For physicians, that principle applies to board certification. Yet when some physicians seek certification, they unwittingly limit ...

Lewis W. Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM Explains How Families Can Prepare for Hurricane Season

State and local communities have extensive emergency preparedness plans that can be found on the FEMA and Ready.gov websites. Individuals and families should develop plans on caring for children, as well as elderly and disabled family members, and pets. Emergency preparedness should also incorporate transportation plans that include meeting locations, shelter addresses, and contact lists, in case of evacuation orders. ...

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