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December 22/29, 2004

Physician Specialty Board Certification

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(24):2972-2974. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.2973-b

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.

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