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

Credentialing Verification OrganizationsAt 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 in their fields of expertise.

When it comes to the American Board of Physician Specialties, consider the following:

  • We first began offering board certification in 1960, and today, we have Diplomates in all 50 states as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.
  • Our examination procedures and protocols meet the highest standards and are clinically, psychometrically, and legally defensible. In fact, a third party organization assessed our standards and found they were equivalent or better than those of the ABMS and the AOA.
  • All of our Diplomates and applicants have been primary source verified by Med Advantage.
  • Our certification was recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is part of the current medical standard that was included in the Affordable Care Act regarding primary care physician incentive.
  • Our Diplomates are graduates of some of the most well known and prestigious medical schools in the world, representing the very best in their specialties.

We understand the invaluable role that independent verification has in North American healthcare, and we strongly urge all CVOs to research the three leading physician certifying bodies in the country. For more information about our organization, or the eligibility requirements for board certification through the ABPS, 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.

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
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