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Obesity is damaging to one's health: some of the negative effects of obesity are heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, hypertension, asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, arthritis; and obesity has been known to shorten one's lifespan.
Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine:
Blood banking and transfusion medicine involves blood transfusions, and gathering and storing blood products for future use. A blood banking and transfusion physician is a physician who is concerned with maintaining an adequate supply of blood for surgeries, the safety of blood donors and patients, and the appropriate distribution of blood products. Blood components include red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Both blood donors and patients need to be tested for blood type and antibodies for safety before any procedure.
Board certification is the classification given to physicians who have met specific requirements set by national specialty boards in the United States. Certification lets you know that a physician has successfully completed an accredited educational program, passed several evaluations, and possesses the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to provide care in the certified specialty. Once certified, physicians must attend continuing medical education programs throughout their careers in order to remain certified.
Board certification is a voluntary process a physician may choose to undergo. Typically, the physician must:
Each medical specialty has a national board responsible for setting standards physicians must meet to be certified. HealthGrades recognizes board certification by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (Doctor of Osteopathic medicine), and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
What this means to you:
Being board-certified means that the physician completed extensive training and underwent a rigorous review of his/her knowledge, experience and skill in that specialty area and is actively improving his/her practice of medicine through continuing education. This physician is more likely to have current and extensive knowledge about his/her specialty and how to treat your medical issue.
A physician who is not board-certified may still be an excellent physician. Some physicians choose not to apply for certification. If you are considering a doctor who is not board-certified, it may be important to know why he or she is not certified.
Physicians who receive BTE recognition pass a performance assessment program administered by one of BTE's Performance Assessment Organizations: the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), MN Community Measurement (MSCM), Masspro, or IPRO. The BTE initiative consists of programs designed to promote and reward physicians for improving the quality of patient care:
The BTE Medical Home program seeks to improve the quality of care for all patients by recognizing and rewarding physicians for demonstrating that they have adopted really good systems and processes of care, and are using those systems to deliver positive results in the management of their patients - in particular patients with chronic conditions. BTE Medical Home designation is achieved through a combination of BTE's Care Link and Physician Office Link programs.
BTE Medical Home recognition is a combination of BTE's existing programs: