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FSMB Certifications

NCQA Certification
The Federation of State Medical Boards has received certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

This certification represents FSMB's commitment to improving quality by promoting high standards of performance to greater meet the changing health care needs in service to our member boards in their protection of the public.

The FSMB received certification under NCQA's Credentials Verification Organization Certification Program for the following credentials elements:

  • Education and Training
  • Ongoing Monitoring of Sanctions
  • Medicare/Medicaid Sanctions
  • Medical Board Sanctions

CVO Certification includes rigorous on-site evaluations conducted by a team of health care professionals and certified credentialing specialists. A national oversight committee of physicians analyzes the team's finding and determines certification based on the CVO's compliance with NCQA standards.

A service of the FSMB, the Federation Credentials Verification Service provides physicians and physician assistants/associates (PAs) with a lifetime portfolio of primary-source verified credentials. The FSMB's Physician Data Center, a central repository of U.S. state medical board disciplinary and licensure data, offers two services used in performing credentialing functions or pre-employment background checks: the Board Action Data Search and the Disciplinary Alert Service.

Established in 1996, FCVS has gained widespread acceptance and usage in the United States and internationally. The service is accepted by nearly all state medical boards and has been used by more than 200,000 physicians and PAs. Credentials stored by FCVS include medical education, postgraduate training, examination history, history of medical board actions, board certification and identifying information.

Established in 1912, the FSMB was the first organization to publish and distribute the names of the nation’s disciplined physicians. That information is now disseminated electronically via the Physician Data Center (PDC), a repository of board action and licensure data on U.S. physicians that contains thousands of disciplinary actions against physicians dating back to the 1960s. The PDC receives regular updates from state medical boards when they take disciplinary actions.