ABIM responds to AMA resolution

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The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has responded to a resolution (607-I-16) that the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates adopted in 2016.

The AMA resolution states that be it…

RESOLVED, That our AMA, prior to the end of December 2016, formally, directly and openly ask the ABIM if they would allow an independent outside organization, representing ABIM physician stakeholders, to independently conduct an open audit of the finances of both the ABIM, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization, and its Foundation (Directive to Take Action); and be it further

RESOLVED, That in its request, our AMA seek a formal and rapid reply from the ABIM so that issues of concern that currently exist between the ABIM and its Foundation and many members of the AMA and the physician community at large can be addressed in a timely, effective and efficient fashion (Directive to Take Action); and be it further

RESOLVED, That our AMA share the response to this request, as well as the results of any subsequent analysis with our AMA House of Delegates and our membership at large as soon as it is available. (Directive to Take Action); and be it further

RESOLVED, That the AMA call on ABIM and its component specialty boards to provide the physicians of America with financial transparency, independent financial audits and enhanced mechanisms for communication with and feedback from their diplomate physicians.

AMA Executive Director and CEO James Madera, M.D., addressed the issue in a December 31, 2016 letter to ABIM President and CEO Richard Barron, M.D.

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