ABQAURP Announces ABQAURP/ACPA Strategic Alliance and Collaboration with the American College of Physician Advisors

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The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP) is pleased to announce our formal alliance and collaboration with the American College of Physician Advisors, Inc. (ACPA).

This will allow ACPA to offer its membership a meaningful and formal Board Certification process with a sub-specialty option for Physician Advisors.

ABQAURP and ACPA formed the alliance to offer the first Physician Advisor sub-specialty for the Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) certification exam. The HCQM certification and new sub-specialty align with ACPA’s mission to promote and expand the prominent role of the Physician Advisor in today's rapidly changing healthcare environment through education, certification, mentorship, and collaboration; as well as ABQAURP’s mission to improve the overall quality of health care that is provided to the consuming public.

The Physician Advisor Sub-specialty is endorsed by the ACPA and will only be awarded to those who have first achieved certification in HCQM (CHCQM) and met additional sub-specialty requirements established and approved by ABQAURP and ACPA. HCQM certification is recognized as a benchmark of professional achievement in quality and patient safety practices and is the only HCQM certification developed and administered through the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®)*.

ACPA President, Ronald J. Rejzer, MD, CHCQM, says, “This will allow ACPA to offer its membership a meaningful and formal Board Certification process with a sub-specialty option for Physician Advisors.” He also adds, “Now, ACPA membership, with the added qualifications of a HCQM Board certification and the sub-specialty designation (Physician Advisor), will augment any physician’s qualifications for a leadership role as a Physician Advisor, quality and utilization medical director, or many other related health care positions. It is a great honor to collaborate with an established and prestigious organization such as ABQAURP and we look forward to a long-term relationship as we continue to provide quality healthcare education and certification for our future healthcare leaders.”

Arthur I. Broder, MD, CHCQM, FABQAURP, Chairman of the Board of Directors at ABQAURP added, “We are truly excited about this new collaboration and expect many great things to come. It is through joint ventures like this that we break new ground, forge greater relationships, and increase health care quality and patient safety leading ultimately to better, safer care for our patients.”

The Physician Advisor sub-specialty will be available as of April 22, 2015 for any exam candidate to pursue as part of the credentialing process and through successful completion of the HCQM certification exam.

Learn more about HCQM Certification from ABQAURP at: http://www.abqaurp.org/ABQMain/Certification.aspx.

Established in 1977, ABQAURP (http://www.abqaurp.org) is the nation's largest organization of interdisciplinary health care quality professionals. We are committed to maximizing patient safety and the quality of health care provided to the public by maintaining a culture of educational and certification excellence and making it available to all health care professionals.

About ACPA
Incorporated in May 2014, the American College of Physician Advisors (http://www.acpadvisors.org) is led by a dedicated group of highly experienced Physician Advisor leaders from around the country and is a unified resource for Physician Advisor education, networking, and overall clinical and administrative support.

*“National Board of Medical Examiners®” and “NBME®” are registered trademarks of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

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