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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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 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
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