American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Commends The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System for its National Scorecard Report

Sep 20, 2006, 01:00 ET from American Board of Internal Medicine

    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was issued today
 by the American Board of Internal Medicine:
     The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and ABIM Foundation
 recognize The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health
 System for its unsettling report (9/20/06) on the condition of our nation's
 health care system as compared to the rest of the world.
     The Commonwealth Fund Commission Scorecard findings are significant -
 and very disturbing. Our health care system is desperately in need of major
 overhaul. Improving patient outcomes requires a degree of coordination and
 organization that our health care system currently lacks - and that our
 financing system often undermines.
     Our nation needs new models of care that promote prevention,
 coordination and integration - that link together patients, care teams and
 information - and a financing system that supports such patient-centered
 care. We must reduce waste and inefficiency which drive up health care
 costs - failure to do so makes quality health care unaffordable and
 unavailable to many across our nation.
     Internists - and all primary care clinicians - work at the nexus of
 this broken system. But rather than wait for a "system fix," ABIM is
 providing physicians tools, via board certification, to: assess their own
 clinical performance; glean feedback from patients and colleagues; evaluate
 their own system infrastructure, including IT; and get objective feedback
 about their knowledge base, diagnostic acumen, and clinical judgment. ABIM
 is also examining ways to enhance its programs in order to support
 physicians in becoming more efficient (See "Taming Health Care
 Inefficiency: Physicians and Others Explore Solutions" at
     We applaud the Commission for providing us with a comprehensive,
 comparative set of measures to use as a basis for improving the performance
 of our nation's health care system. We will continue our work with
 physicians, policy makers and other stakeholders to promote coordinated,
 efficient and high-quality patient care, and to help build a strong and
 viable health care delivery system. Our patients deserve nothing less.
     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

SOURCE American Board of Internal Medicine