ABMS News Release (12/04/19)
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its Member Boards are progressing in their implementation of recommendations shared in the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission's final report. All five task forces have made significant progress in characterizing their responsibilities and compiling additional input and feedback from internal and external stakeholders and constituencies throughout the at-large healthcare community. The Advancing Practice, Professionalism, Remediation, and Standards task forces are working to set up "guiding principles" before next year to help frame their work moving forward, applying commentary from both the Achieving the Vision Oversight Committee and the ABMS Stakeholder Council. The Standards Task Force is furthering its redefinition of the continuing certification framework, with draft standards for public comment expected by summer. The Remediation Task Force is finalizing its guiding principles and identifying processes by which doctors will have opportunities to learn and upskill before actions are taken against their certificates. The boards also have completed a key requirement regarding notification of hospitals and health systems about the use of certification for privileges, and the Member Boards have indicated their intent to provide alternatives to the high-stakes, 10-year examination.