Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: We support the initiative by
the ABMS and individual certifying boards to expand the requirements of maintenance
of certification to include “performance in practice.”1 This new agenda for ABMS may not have yet been embraced
by the quality movement because details of how the boards will measure performance
and provide feedback in practice are not yet available, nor have they yet
been aligned with other efforts to implement individual physician clinical
performance measures. Asking physicians to collect and report data on one
set of performance measures for board certification and a different set for
other quality initiatives is neither efficient nor desirable.
Rosof BM, Williams JR. Physician Specialty Board Certification. JAMA. 2004;292(24):2972-2974. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.2973-b