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Date News
December 12, 2006 IHI Launches "Five Million Lives" Patient Safety Campaign (pdf) The Institute for Healthcare Improvement announced a national campaign to dramatically reduce incidents of medical harm in U.S. hospitals.
December 12, 2006

ABIM Endorses the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Five Million Lives Patient Safety Campaign, Opens Maintenance of Certification to Campaign Data

ABIM will accept safety-related measurement data collected by hospitals involved in the Campaign, so that physicians actively involved in the Campaign in those hospitals can receive credit toward the practice performance requirement of Maintenance of Certification.

November 27, 2006

Richard J. Baron, MD, FACP, to Become Chair-elect of ABIM's Board of Directors

Dr. Baron, a practicing internist in Philadelphia who is currently secretary/treasurer of ABIM's Board, will become chair-elect on July 1, 2007.

October 30, 2006

ABIM's Cary S. Sennett, MD, PhD, Elected Vice Chair of Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement ®

Dr. Sennett's election demonstrates the importance of certifying boards, like ABIM, in national measurement and improvement initiatives.

September 22, 2006

ABIM Commends IOM P4P Report, But Encourages a More Expansive Definition of Physician Quality

ABIM recognizes the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for its thoughtful, insightful report on accelerating improvements in Medicare via pay-for-performance (P4P).

September 20, 2006

ABIM Commends The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System for its National Scorecard Report

ABIM and the 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.

July, 10, 2006 The American College of Physicians (ACP) Professional Liability Program Offers Additional Credit to Internists Who Recertify.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) and The Doctors Company announced a new program that will provide ACP members with a credit on medical liability insurance for Maintenance of Certification.
Internists, both time-limited and time-unlimited diplomates, who complete or have already completed Maintenance of Certification will receive a 5 percent credit when they insure with The Doctors Company, the endorsed liability carrier for the ACP. This initiative is another example of how organizations are recognizing the value of Maintenance of Certification as a way for physicians to demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement of their knowledge and skills.
Click here to see the ACP press release. (pdf)
July 6, 2006

ABIM Elects Officers and Members to Board of Directors

ABIM today announced the election of three officers and seven members to its Board of Directors, including a new Board Chair.

June 28, 2006

Health Insurers Work With ABIM to Reduce Physician Quality Data Reporting Burden

In an effort to reduce redundancy in reporting physician performance data, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will incorporate ABIM's Maintenance of Certification program data into their physician recognition and incentive programs.

June 24, 2006

ABIM Appoints Ann C. Greiner as Vice President of Policy

In this newly created position, Ms. Greiner will work to further the mission of quality and professionalism by strengthening relationships held by ABIM and the ABIM Foundation with health policy makers.

June 23, 2006

ABIM and the American Hospital Association Announce New Quality Improvement Tool for Hospital-Based Patient Care

ABIM and American Hospital Association announced the release of a Web-based tool to help physicians in internal medicine enhance the quality of care they provide to their hospital patients. This tool allows physicians to review current clinical practice guidelines for heart attacks, heart failure and community-acquired pneumonia against their own hospital's practice.

June 8, 2006

Is Your Doctor Keeping Up?

Board Certification is a meaningful indicator that a physician has the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to provide high quality patient care.

June 1, 2006 Internal Medicine Board Adds Practice Improvement Modules
Eric Holmboe, MD, ABIM's Vice President for Quality and Evaluation Research, is interviewed by Physician's News Digest about ABIM's Comprehensive Care Practice Improvement Module. Click here to see the Physician's News article. (pdf)
May 2, 2006 News Alert from ABMS Regarding Diplomate Certificate Renewal Solicitation.
March 16, 2006 ABIM to Recognize CMS Physician Voluntary Reporting Measures
March 2, 2006 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Rewards Internists for Completing ABIM's Evaluation of Practice Modules
March, 2006 An article entitled "Physician Board Certification and the Care and Outcomes of Elderly Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction" appeared in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM 21: 238-244).
The article examined the relationship between board certification, quality of care and outcomes using data from the Cooperative Cardiovascular Project, a national cohort of elderly patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Conclusions showed that treatment by a board-certified physician was associated with higher quality of care for AMI.
March, 2006 The March 2006 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings reported on patients' perspectives regarding "the ideal doctor." In an accompanying editorial (Mayo Clinic Proceedings March 2006; 81(3) 294-296), ABIM Director James Li, MD, PhD, addresses the need to include physician-patient relationships when measuring quality.
February 27, 2006 The February 27, 2006 issue of The New York Times published a Letter to the Editor from Dr. Christine K. Cassel (pdf), president and CEO of ABIM, in response to the paper's February 22, 2006 article entitled "Why Doctors So Often Get it Wrong." The article stated that health care quality lapses include problems with misdiagnosis and undiagnosed illness—and that no effective program exists to evaluate diagnostic ability or reward physicians for this aspect of quality of care.
February 22, 2006 ABIM Identifies Key to Measuring and Improving Quality of Health Care
February 22, 2006 ABIM Announces New Tools for Internists to Enhance Quality of Care
February 6, 2006 ABIM Announces Strategic Linkage With Bridges to Excellence (BtE)
January 3, 2006 Internal Medicine Organizations Survey Internists on Maintenance of Certification (pdf)
January 3, 2006 The January 3, 2006 issue of The Annals of Internal Medicine reported the results of a survey of internists about their reasons for participating in Maintenance of Certification.