Friday, September 03, 2010

Board certification and quality of care

From the ABMS news release:
A new study on the quality of physician care provides evidence of the benefit of specialty board certification and suggests the necessity of continuous professional development programs, such as the American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) program.
The study also found two other important quality distinctions relevant to the general population of physicians in the United States:

•Specialty board certification was associated with lower mortality and shorter stays.
•Physician performance declined over time, with mortality rates and length of stays increasing with the number of years since graduation from medical school. The study was authored by John Norcini, CEO of Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, a Philadelphia-based not-for-profit.
Click here to access the ABMS news release. Click here to access the Health Affairs article published on the aforementioned study (subscription required).

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