PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by the American Board of Internal Medicine: The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) recognizes the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for its thoughtful, insightful report on accelerating improvements in Medicare via pay-for-performance (P4P). We particularly commend the call for a phased approach to implementation, acknowledging the operational issues that physicians, especially those in small practice settings, will face, and for addressing the need to promote shared accountability for care coordination through innovative strategies such as common reward pools. However, we encourage further efforts to align Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and private sector efforts, so that physicians and consumers get consistent and reinforcing messages about what is important. In this regard, we believe it is important that CMS recognize the value of board certification and active maintenance of certification in any recognition/reward program, as an increasing number of private payers (Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, and several Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans) recently have done. Evidence establishes that board certification is a credential associated with improved health care outcomes and one that is highly valued by physicians as a marker of professional distinction. For these reasons, we encourage CMS to study how it may make board certification part of its recognition and reward programs. We also encourage continued dialogue and exploration into ways to reward well-coordinated, high-quality efficient care. ABIM is committed to enhancing health care quality, and we look forward to continued work with physicians, policy makers, insurers and other stakeholders to build a health care delivery system that works effectively and efficiently - providing the high quality of medical care that every patient deserves. About ABIM The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is an independent, not-for- profit organization that grants board certification -- a well-accepted marker of physician quality -- to internists and subspecialists. Certification is a rigorous, comprehensive program for evaluating physician knowledge, skills and attitudes to assure both patients and payers that a physician has achieved competence for practice in a given field. Individual physician certification results may be found at http://www.abim.org.
SOURCE American Board of Internal Medicine