[Mla-cds] ABMS Directory companion and alternative websites--clarification from the publisher
r-kubilius at northwestern.edu
Fri Jan 28 17:46:47 CST 2011
As it is said- "go to the source"...Someone from the CDS list forwarded
our online discussion to Elsevier (probably many of us have been
contacting them off list) and now I've been asked by JoAnn Amore to post
the synopsis that follows. She included the contact info for the
Licensing Sales Specialist, Bryan C. Mee at the end, should anyone want
to pursue the matter.
/(My initial posting was more of the "what are other libraries doing"
variety, so we've all learned something, and then some...)/
Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian
Galter Health Sciences Library
CDS chair, 2010-2011
> The comments below were forwarded to us in the hope that we could
> provide some clarification. I hope the info below will help, and
> that you will share it with your colleagues on the listserv, since I
> don't access.
> There are a few important differences between the companion website
> for the ABMS Directory (www.abmsdirectory.com
> <http://www.abmsdirectory.com>) and Board Certified Docs
> (www.boardcertifieddocs.com <http://www.boardcertifieddocs.com>)
> *ABMSdirectory *_abmsdirectory.com:_
> 1.is a companion to the 3-volume print directory. It is primarily
> used by libraries as a reference.
> 2.The data is updated annually, to coincide with the annual
> publication of the print volumes
> 3.The way in which Maintenance of Certification (MOC) status is
> reflected on this website is by indicating whether or not the
> physician is certified. (See details below re: differences on
> 5.The price of the print directory is $849 including the free
> companion website.
> 6.The free password included with the print volume allows one user at
> a time to access the website -- similar to one patron at a time using
> the book. The information about upgrading your access to the
> companion website is to make it possible for libraries to obtain
> access for multiple concurrent users (similar to having multiple
> copies of the book) or to have automatic access via recognition of the
> IP addresses for your institution's' computers, instead of needing a
> username and password.
> 7.The reason to NOT discard the password card (i.e. please file it
> safely) is so that you'll still have the password for reference in
> case something happens to reset your computers and the saved password
> is erased from memory.
> *BoardCertifiedDocs (BCD) *www.boardcertifieddocs.com
> 8.is updated daily.
> 9.is primarily used by hospitals, health plans, and other agencies
> that require primary source verification (PSV) of physician's board
> certification status for credentialing and privileging.
> 10.In order to comply with accreditation standards and PSV
> requirements, BCD includes birthdates (where available and allowed)
> and certification dates (start and expiration dates for each
> certification and recertification as well as Maintenance of
> Certification (MOC) status).
> a.We are not allowed to display birthdates on sites that are primarily
> intended for public use (such as libraries; e.g. _abmsdirectory.com_)
> due to privacy issues and protection. However, that is an important
> element for official agencies to ensure that they are correctly
> differentiating between physicians with similar names and specialties.
> b.ABMS has determined that certification dates should not be displayed
> on public, reference websites since it is most important for the
> public to determine whether or not a physician is board certified and
> in what specialty, and that the dates of certification are irrelevant
> for those purposes (though critical for credentialing and
> accreditation.) Since we comply with ABMS guidelines, those dates
> cannot be included on ABMSdirectory.
> c.MOC status is detailed on this site, including start dates and
> reverification dates, as prescribed by accrediting bodies. As
> indicated above, ABMS has determined that public reference sites
> should only indicate whether or not a physician is currently board
> certified, without the additional detail regarding effective dates.
> 11.Due to the additional data and daily updates BCD starts at $1895
> per year for a single user (more than double that of the print
> directory and companion website.)
> I hope that I have effectively dispelled some of the confusion and
> answered all of the questions that were raised. If you need additional
> information or a different type of subscription, I'm sure that Bryan
> Mee will be able to help you. He can be reached at b.mee at elsevier.com
> <mailto:b.mee at elsevier.com>.
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