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WHAT ABCRS DOES FOR DIPLOMATES

As a Diplomate of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, you are recognized nationally and internationally as a specialist in the management of diseases of the colon and rectum. Our diplomates have attained the highest certification in this specialty, and through participation in Continuous Certification, demonstrate their expert qualifications in the field of Colon and Rectal Surgery. The Board activities have at the core the commitment to protect and promulgate the acknowledged expertise of ABCRS diplomates in caring for patients with diseases of the colon and rectum.

The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery protects the standing of ABCRS diplomates as the recognized certified surgical specialists in diseases of the colon and rectum. This goes far beyond the initial certification process. The Board remains an active proponent of our diplomates’ standing and content expertise when confronted with groups that attempt to portray lesser qualified individuals as possessing expertise equivalent to that of Board Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Examples include: non-ACGME-approved “colorectal” fellowships; “rectal cancer management” certification separate from ABCRS certification; and “inflammatory bowel disease” specialty status sought by non-ABCRS-certified surgeons.

The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery aids diplomates in management of changing professional status. This includes situations such as “Clinically inactive”, for diplomates who assume fulltime administrative or research positions, but wish to remain certified by ABCRS; or the Re-entry Pathway, by which a diplomate can return to active practice after a hiatus due to illness or other personal reasons.

The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery invests much energy toward increasing the value of Maintenance of Certification. ABCRS Board members have taken key roles in national efforts to reshape MOC requirements and timelines. Your Board’s goal is an MOC process that respects our diplomates’ clinical and personal time pressures, can swiftly include updated information or new technologies, and better reflects diplomates’ current practice profiles for improved relevance.

The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery is one of 24 member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Below are listed some of the many benefits of ABMS Board certification “brand”:

  • State Advertising Limitations (21 states)
    1. 21 states restrict physicians’ ability to advertise themselves as “board certified” to those physicians who are certified by an ABMS Member Board, AOA or other certifying boards deemed to be their equivalent.
  • Medical Board Licensure Waivers (13 jurisdictions)
    1. These state medical boards waive certain physician licensure requirements for those physicians who are certified by an ABMS Member Board.
  • Health Care Organization Privileging Requirements
    1. Many health care organizations (including hospitals) require a physician to be certified by an ABMS Member Board before granting privileges to that physician to practice in the certified specialty.
  • Medicare & Medicaid
    1. Physicians certified by an ABMS Member Board receive benefits which include, but are not limited to:
      1. Recognition of specialty
      2. MIPS credit for MOC participation
  • Judicial Recognition & Expert Witness Statutes
    1. Both Federal and state courts have consistently recognized the importance of ABMS Board Certification in credentialing.
    2. Certain states only allow physicians certified by an ABMS Member Board to testify as an expert witness in medical malpractice cases where the defendant is certified by an ABMS Member Board.
  • Health Insurance Recognition
    1. ABMS Board Certification is used by insurers as a HEDIS quality measure
    2. Health insurers often give preference to physicians certified by a ABMS Member Board in determining network participation and health plan contracting
  • Malpractice Insurance Benefits
    1. Physicians certified by an ABMS Member Board are given preferential underwriting.
    2. Medical malpractice insurers provide discounted premiums for coverage of an ABMS Member Board certified physician for his or her practice in the certified specialty.
  • International Recognition
    1. Global recognition of competence
    2. Reciprocity