The American Board of Medical Specialties aims to beef up public input regarding its physician specialty certification with the launch of a three-year program called the ABMS 2008-2011 Enhanced Public Trust Initiative.
For 75 years, the ABMS relied on physicians providing oversight of other physicians, but now it must adapt to a changing landscape where the public, healthcare purchasers and others are seeking to get involved, said board President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Weiss. The new initiative is designed to increase and enhance the information the public uses to assess physician performance, enhance the value of the ABMS Maintenance of Certification program and to boost the boards role as a trusted private-sector agent concerning physician accountability, according to a news release.
We have to bring public input inside the board process to make (specialty) certification more transparent and useful to the public eye, Weiss said. The board is forming two task forces to help achieve the programs goals. -- by Andis Robeznieks