Healthcare that has been in place since 1994, physicians who are accredited by the ACGE collect 30% more than physicians who perform the same procedures without those credentials.
Aetna patients requiring complex procedures tend to be referred by their primary care providers to physicians who are certified by ACGE.
The purpose of the ACGE credentialing program, which was begun in 1993, is to recognize surgeons who have mastered a technique and can treat patients more effectively, said Dr.
ACGE certification for laparoscopy requires applicants to submit a case list of 25 advanced operative laparoscopic procedures such as ectopic pregnancy, adnexectomy, ovarian cystectomy, myomectomy, hysterectomy, extensive adhesiolysis, treatment of advanced endometriosis, retropubic urethropexy, appendectomy, and other procedures of comparable complexity.
ACGE applicants are asked to provide operative pathology and patient outcome reports on a handful of their submitted cases along with letters of recommendation from their chief or peers.
ACGE's process of certifying physicians isn't vetted in the way that the 24 boards that are recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties have vetted their certification processes.
The ACGE, which also certifies physicians in hysteroscopy, charges applicants $500 for either certification or $750 for both.
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