ABPS Recognizes Contributions of Medical Staff Services Employees to Nation’s Healthcare System

ABPS Recognizes Contributions of Medial Staff Services Employees to Nation’s Healthcare SystemWhen you go to a hospital for a medical procedure, you need to trust that the healthcare professionals on staff have the appropriate credentials. That they are well-trained, with the knowledge and expertise to provide outstanding care, should be beyond dispute. But who exactly ensures that this is indeed the case? In hospitals, managed care organizations, and group practices across the country, that vital work is performed by medical staff service employees.

Medical services professionals are effectively a facility’s gatekeepers. To patients and visitors, these staffers may not be very visible, but they are the dedicated professionals who work behind the scenes to ensure that all the facility’s physicians are credentialed and verified to provide high quality medical care. The job of MSPs, essentially, is to make sure that doctors are who they claim to be. Specifically, MSPs maintain databanks to track physician training, experience, and licensure, in addition to managing accredited continuing medical education programs that help doctors maintain clinical competency.

The expertise of MSPs also plays an important role in establishing and maintaining the community’s trust in a facility. Without MSPs to ensure that doctors are properly credentialed, not only can trust in the facility’s brand be hurt, but so can trust in all physicians at the facility. Furthermore, MSPs use their knowledge about policies, procedures, and bylaws to protect hospitals by keeping physicians and other healthcare staffers focused on proper policies.

As healthcare evolves, MSPs are performing more diverse roles within organizations, from quality assurance to risk management. In the United States, the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) supports the professional growth of MSPs by providing educational resources and by developing, administering, and promoting certification programs that measure knowledge of current industry standards and practices.

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) applauds the commitment of MSPs in monitoring the competence of physicians and other practitioners in healthcare facilities. As the third-largest nationally recognized physician multi-specialty certifying body in the country, the ABPS aims to help to provide patients with exceptional medical care by recognizing licensed physicians who have mastered their medical specialties.

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
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
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