Articles - General Certification Information

The American Board of Physician Specialties® Encourages Hospital Groups and Other Healthcare Providers to Periodically Update their Bylaws

At the American Board of Physician Specialties, we believe that it is in the best interest of hospital groups and other healthcare organizations to routinely review and update their bylaws, hiring practices, and other protocols to ensure that they remain up-to-date and relevant. The healthcare industry has seen significant change in recent years, and it is in your best interest ...

What Do Credentialers Need to Know About Board Certification?

One of our top priorities at the American Board of Physician Specialties® is to work closely with those who are in charge of credentialing physicians to better understand the many advantages to board certification through our organization. The ABPS is one of three national multi-specialty physician certifying organizations, and we have Diplomates in all 50 states who are among the ...

Are You an MD or DO Who Wishes You Had a Voice in Your Board Certification?

If you are an MD or DO who wishes that you had more of a voice in your board certification, it’s important to understand that you do have options. In fact, when it comes to national multi-specialty physician certifying groups, there are three primary organizations to choose from: The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Board of Physician Specialties® ...

What Lawmakers Need to Know About Physician Board Certification

Board certification is a highly regarded metric for identifying physicians who have demonstrated mastery of their chosen field. Yet, it isn’t just patients who value board certification. Local, state, and federal lawmakers are also increasingly including language in healthcare legislation that specifically defines board certified physicians. At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we support any legislation that benefits the ...

Are You a Physician Who Needs to Certify or Recertify in 2016?

With 2016 right around the corner, the American Board of Physician Specialties® urges physicians who are interested in pursuing board certification or recertification next year to familiarize themselves with our future exam administration schedule. This is especially important because several of our examinations will only be offered once, in May 2016, and the deadline to register for these examinations is ...

What’s the Difference between Board Certification and Certificate Programs?

If you’re currently trying to find the right physician to offer you or a member of your family care, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the nomenclature. Physicians advertise their credentials, but what do they mean, exactly? What is the difference, for example, between board certification and certificate programs? When a physician is board certified, it means that ...

Periodic Recertification is Critical to Continued Professional Development

One of the most important components of ABPS board certification is that certification is inherently temporary. Periodic recertification is required for a Diplomate to maintain his or her certification. This was designed to incentivize continued professional development in the physician and a commitment to Continued Medical Education (CME) is an important component to recertification. It’s no secret that best practices ...

Physicians Deserve a Choice in Board Certification and Recertification

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we believe that physicians deserve a choice when it comes to certification and recertification. As the third-largest nationally recognized multi-specialty physician certifying body, we have Diplomates in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, who turned to us because they wanted to be recognized by ...

Note to Credentialing Verification Organizations: There are Three Nationally Recognized Physician Certifying Bodies

At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we urge credentialing verification organizations (CVOs) to remember that there are three nationally recognized multi-specialty physician certifying bodies in North America: the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association, and us. Each of these certifying bodies is nationally recognized and has extensive experience offering board certification to the most qualified physicians ...

Reminder: Physicians Have a Choice in Recertification

If you are a board certified physician and the time has come to start thinking about recertifying, it is important to remember that you have options. The American Board of Physician Specialties is the nation’s third largest nationally recognized physician multi-specialty certifying body, and we have been pleased to provide board certification to qualified physicians since our organization first started ...

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