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Comment & Response
November 28, 2017

Medical Specialty Board Finances

Author Affiliations
  • 1American Board of Medical Specialties, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2017;318(20):2046-2047. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16837

To the Editor The research letter by Drs Drolet and Tandon1 analyzed fees for certification and finances for the member boards of the ABMS. It contains numerous errors, including missing financial data from 1 board, misidentification of data representing FY 2013 when, in fact, the data were from 2014, incorrect data for 6 boards, and the exclusion of deferred revenue liabilities, but not revenue initially deferred or payments received, causing an imbalance in the financial reporting, which skews the conclusions about the boards’ finances.