Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Is an Example of How the National Medical Standard Has Changed to Recognize ABPS Board Certifications

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers the Medicare program and works with state governments to administer Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and health insurance portability standards. Like other federal organizations, CMS has updated its standards to recognize physician board certifications from the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS).

Founded in 1952, the ABPS is a multi-specialty certification body with 12 Member Boards and Diplomates in 20 specialties. Our Diplomates practice their specialties at some of the nation’s most respected medical institutions. Recognized in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook, the ABPS has also earned recognition from other federal organizations, including the Veterans’ Health Administration and the United States Armed Forces under the GI Bill.

As for state organizations, several state medical boards, including Florida, have retained strict language that recognizes ABPS as a certifying board that meets the higher standards of certification they require.

Our mission has always been to offer the highest certification standards that meet the public’s healthcare needs while also helping physicians achieve success. ABPS exams, procedures, and protocols not only meet those lofty standards, but are also clinically, psychometrically, and legally defensible. A comprehensive third-party assessment of ABPS’ standards by Castle Worldwide found that they were equivalent to those set by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Osteopathic Association.

If you’re interested in learning more about the ABPS and our many options in physician board certification or re-certification, 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 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