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.

Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine