Rising criticism about the American Board of Internal Medicine and its twin, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation is getting wider coverage.
The leadership at the ABIM-ABIMF cannot be happy with this recent article in Newsweek by Pulitzer :Prize winning investigator journalist, Kurt Eichenwald.
Most of the article highlighted the activities of the ABIM but he did say the following about the ABIM Foundation:
"And there is another organization called the ABIM Foundation that
does...well, it’s not quite clear what it does. Its website reads like a
lot of mumbo-jumbo. The Foundation conducts surveys on how
“organizational leaders have advanced professionalism among practicing
physicians.” And it is very proud of its “Choosing Wisely” program, an
initiative “to help providers and patients engage in conversations to
reduce overuse of tests and procedures,” with pamphlets, videos and
As to the growing opposition to the actions of the ABIM and questions about what the ABIMF is all about , I wonder if Dr Benson,emeritus CEO of ABIMF might wish the following comments had not been published on the AMIF's blog: I have added the bolding.
" CMS, which has the ultimate negotiating position in the form of
reimbursement for Medicare services, could only accept negotiated
bundled charges. It could also refuse payment for non-compliance with
the Choosing Wisely recommendations."...ABIM could require candidates to achieve a perfect score on questions
related to costs and redundant care as a requirement for admission to
secure exams for initial certification or MOC."
Apparently , in Dr. Benson's eyes the Choosing Wisely pronouncements are ( or should be) more that a few talking points that physicians and patients can focus on as they discuss what might be "the right treatment for the right patient at the right time" .There should be requirements for Medicare payments and demonstration that a ABIM exam candidate has mastered them before they would even be "allowed" to take their "secure examination". Comments such as these suggest more is going on at ABIMF than harmless mumbo-jumbo. It is worthy of that other medical policy wonks are sending up trial balloons for proposals giving Choosing Wisely regulatory teeth. See here.
The more light shined on the folks and activities at ABIM-ABIMF the less likely they will be able to preserve their phoney-baloney,self appointed positions.
H/T Dr Wes
Addendum Walter Bond on his blog asks will the ABIM board members, present and the recent past,defend what they did or argue that they fought against all the bad stuff and blame as much as possible on Dr. Christine Cassel.See here