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.

ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery