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Comment & Response
November 28, 2017

Medical Specialty Board Finances

Author Affiliations
  • 1Lifton Associates, Park Ridge, Illinois
JAMA. 2017;318(20):2045-2046. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16845

To the Editor Drs Drolet and Tandon1 studied fees charged to physicians for certification by their specialty boards and those boards’ finances. Unfortunately, the report has incorrect data, inappropriate analyses, and unsupported conclusions.

Data in Table 2 are from fiscal year (FY) 2014, not FY 2013 as claimed. Also, the authors identified FY 2003 as the base year for determining “mean annual growth rate … during the decade.” Either a different base year was used or the growth rate presented is incorrect. Furthermore, 1 American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board was excluded from the analysis, 5 data elements in Table 2 differ from figures in the source documents, and totals in 7 of 8 columns are incorrect.

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