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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), administers Medicare, Medicaid, related quality assurance programs, and other programs. It also makes certain that its beneficiaries are aware of the services for which they are eligible, that services are accessible, and that they are provided in an effective manner. CMS ensures that its policies and actions promote efficiency and quality within the total health care delivery system. Questions concerning Medicare or Medicaid can be made to the above number or sent by mail or electronic mail to the agency.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

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AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA) is a national non-profit organization established in 1999 by The American Geriatrics Society (AGS). FHA aims to build a bridge between the research and practice of geriatrics health care professionals and the public, and to advocate on behalf of older adults and their special needs: wellness and preventive care, self-responsibility and independence, and connections to the family and community. The Foundation champions initiatives in public education, research, and public policy that (1) advance the principles and practice of geriatric medicine; (2) educate policy makers and the public on the health care needs and concerns of older adults; (3) support aging research that reduces disability and frailty, and improves quality of life and health outcomes; (4) encourage older adults to be effective advocates for their own health care; and (5) help family members and other caregivers take better care of their older loved ones and themselves.

Review Date: May 10, 2011

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American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), originally the American Academy of General Practice, was founded in 1947 and has chapters in all States. Its purpose is to represent the interests of family physicians, provide opportunities for continuing education, and maintain high standards of family practice care. AAFP requires continuing education from its members and promotes the development of family practice medical education. A public education program is conducted to inform the public about family practice. Other activities include medical student services, annual meetings, and reduced insurance rates.

Review Date: July 01, 2009

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American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the largest national membership association of ophthalmologists, medical and osteopathic doctors who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. More than 90 percent of practicing U.S. Eye M.D.s are Academy members, and the Academy has more than 7,000 international members. The Academy provides a wide variety of programs, products and services to Eye M.D.s and the patients.

Review Date: December 06, 2011

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American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy & Foundation

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA), founded in 1941, represents over 2700 Board-certified otolaryngologists and health care providers. Otolaryngology, frequently referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), uniquely combines medical and surgical expertise to care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the head and neck, as well as commonly related conditions. AAOA Members devote part of their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. The AAOA actively supports its membership through Education, Research, and Advocacy in the care of our allergic patients.

Review Date: November 30, 2011

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American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

A professional medical organization devoted to the field of clinical endocrinology, the mission of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists is to enhance the practice of clinical endocrinology -- to create and maintain a society of qualified adult, pediatric, reproductive and surgical endocrinologists for the coordination of their efforts in furthering the practice of endocrinology and utilize the highest standards of practice for the care of patients with endocrine diseases and related disorders; to study the scientific, economic, social and political aspects of medicine in order to secure and maintain the highest standard of practice in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism; to represent the interest of patients and endocrinologists in socioeconomic and related matters with government agencies, the insurance industry, organized medicine, health related organizations and others. Members of the AACE are physicians with special education, training and interest in the practice of clinical endocrinology.

Review Date: February 13, 2009

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American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) works to advance osteopathic medical education through service to colleges and students. AACOM provides prospective students with a central application service, disseminates information on osteopathic medicine and medical schools, promotes improved opportunities for minority groups, studies osteopathic medical education, monitors legislative developments, and refers students to sources of financial aid.

Review Date: March 28, 2011

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American Association of Immunologists

The American Association of Immunologists represents the professional interests of its membership through:Representation of research funding and science policy concerns of AAI members to Congress and responsible federal agencies; Committee activities; Planning and management of annual meetings; and Association and journal management AAI is also involved in public education.

Review Date: February 11, 2009

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American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

The mission of this association is to transform the medical paradigm from disease management and managed costs to true health care. American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Web site offers resources and information regarding disease prevention and health restoration, as well as curricula for naturopathic medical schools, and links to other organizations that share its purpose.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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American Board of Emergency Medicine

Founded in 1979, the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) is one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ABEM is an independent, non-profit organization whose certificate states that a physician has successfully completed a rigorous program of graduate medical education and training, and then passed an examination designed to assess his or her knowledge, skills, and experience.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

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American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.,® was established in 1986 to improve the quality of medical and surgical treatment available to the public by examining for professional expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. To carry out this mission, the Board has established a mechanism for the education, qualification, training, review, and certification of surgeons specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Review Date: February 02, 2012

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American Board of Internal Medicine

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) establishes the requirements for certification and maintenance of certification for physicians in internal medicine, its subspecialties, and areas of added qualifications. ABIM creates the certifying examinations, works to improve physician training, and contributes to setting the standards for internal medicine and medical quality in general. The Board's Web site provides complete information on certification examinations and the maintenance of certification process including the self-evaluation process. In the Web sites On-line Services area, users can register for exams, enroll in maintenance of certification, and acquire self-evaluation products.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

The ACAAI is a professional association of 4,000 allergists/immunologists. Established in 1942, the ACAAI is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in allergy and immunology through research, advocacy and professional and public education. The ACAAI's goals are to: improve the quality of patient care in allergy, asthma and immunology; maintain and advance the diagnostic and therapeutic skills of members and foster their appropriate application; sponsor and conduct educational and scientific programs and publications; develop and disseminate educational information for members, patients, health plan purchasers and administrators, and other physicians and health professionals.

Review Date: February 12, 2009

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American College of Chest Physicians

The American College of Chest Physicians provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine, surgery, critical care and related fields for physicians. Programs of continuing medical education are offered to help physicians acquire new knowledge and improve the quality of care. Postgraduate courses are offered throughout the year at various locations in the United States and Canada. Most of the courses last for between 1 and 4 days.

Review Date: August 21, 2008

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American College of Emergency Physicians

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), founded in 1968, is a medical specialty organization of over 22,000 members, 53 chapters, and 26 sections that focus on critical issues, such as injury prevention, trauma care, pediatric emergency medicine, EMS, toxicology, cruise ship medicine, and disaster medicine. The organization monitors and advocates on emergency medicine issues, conducts continuing medical education, produces public education materials on a wide variety of health and safety topics, recommended clinical standards for emergency medicine and EMS, and funds research fellowships in emergency medicine.

Review Date: August 26, 2010

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American College of Phlebology

The American College of Phlebology (formerly the North American Society of Phlebology) was founded in 1985. It has grown to be the largest phlebology society in the United States with over 900 members. Members come from more than 30 countries with speciality backgrounds including dermatology, surgery, plastic surgery, gynecology, and family practice as well as phlebology. The ACP is a member of the International Union of Phlebology. The mission of the ACP is to improve the standards of practice and patient care related to venous disorders. The ACP sponsors international congresses, regional symposia, fellowship grants, research awards, and publishes phlebology papers in Dermatologic Surgery.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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American College of Physicians

The mission of the American College of Physicians (ACP) is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP membership includes over 118,000 physicians in general internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology, infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, and geriatrics.

Review Date: August 23, 2010

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American College of Rheumatology

This is an organization of physicians, health professionals, and scientists that serves its members through programs of education, research and advocacy that foster excellence in the care of people with arthritis, and rheumatic, and musculoskeletal diseases.

Review Date: August 28, 2008

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American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), founded in 1913, promotes high standards for surgeons and works for excellence in the quality of surgical care. ACS activities and services include continuing education, programs for improving cancer and trauma care, sponsorship of graduate education in surgery, films, publications, symposia and meetings, scholarships, and public information services. ACS also maintains a film library of about 1,500 titles.

Review Date: September 24, 2009

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American Geriatrics Society

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of close to 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

Review Date: December 07, 2011

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American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA), founded in 1847, is the professional organization for physicians in the United States. The AMA disseminates information on issues important to physicians, patients, and the nation's health. The AMA is active in legislative issues and in setting standards for medical practice and education. Other activities include counseling on practice management problems, policy studies in a variety of areas, a medical library for physicians, publications, and meetings and conferences. The AMA library has a collection of over 60,000 volumes and 2,500 journals, and has direct computer access to the National Library of Medicine's database.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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American Medical Women's Association

The American Medical Women's Association empowers women to lead in improving health for all within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women. AMWA membership is comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, and health care professionals. As the only multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women's health, AMWA functions at the local, national, and international level and provides and develops leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances. The organization was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. Today and in the future as women in medicine increase in numbers and attain leadership positions, AMWA evolves to address new challenges and issues. For more information, please visit www.amwa-doc.org.

Review Date: February 14, 2010

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American Osteopathic Association

Representing more than 78,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) around the world, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) serves as the professional family for all DOs and osteopathic medical students. In addition to serving as the primary certifying body for DOs, the AOA is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

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American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) is a professional association dedicated to the exploration and applications of laser technology to biology, medicine, and surgery. The Society seeks to facilitate these applications by encouraging research, providing a forum for the exchange of information, formulating standards and guidelines for the establishment of laser programs. ASLMS also keeps its members informed regarding all postgraduate courses and training programs. The Society also answers questions regarding lasers from the public. ASLMS was founded in 1980 through a grant by the A. Ward Memorial Institute and is now supported by membership.

Review Date: January 02, 2009

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American Society of Anesthesiologists

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) was founded in 1905 to advance the art and science of anesthesiology as a medical specialty and to raise standards through education and research. A nonprofit organization, ASA offers publications, a library and museum, meetings, and continuing education programs. ASA also monitors legislative affairs.

Review Date: November 02, 2010

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Association of American Indian Physicians

The mission of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is to pursue excellence in Native American health care by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing practices and restoring the balance of mind, body, and spirit. AAIP seeks to accomplish its mission by offering educational programs, services and activities that motivate American Indian and Alaska Native students to remain in the academic pipeline and to pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research. AAIP also provides leadership in various health care arenas affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives such as diabetes mellitus, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and methamphetamine use.

Review Date: December 19, 2011

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Endocrine Society

Based in Bethesda, Maryland, The Endocrine Society is comprised of nearly 8,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1916, the Society is dedicated to the study and treatment of the endocrine system. The Society holds four meetings annually: The Annual Meeting, the Clinical Endocrinology Update, Recent Progress in Hormone Research, and the Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Research.

Review Date: August 26, 2008

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Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc.

The Federation is composed of 70 member boards whose primary responsibilities and obligations are to protect the public through the regulation of physicians and other health care providers. FSMB serves as a liaison, advocate, researcher, educator and information source to the public, to health care organizations and to state, national and international authorities.

Review Date: January 06, 2012

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Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) is the world's largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health care professionals. GLMA was founded in 1981 as the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights with the mission of ensuring equality in health care for LGBT individuals and health care professionals. Early on, GLMA focused on HIV/AIDS and the issues faced by physicians coming out at work. As the climate and culture have changed, GLMA has become a leader in public policy advocacy related to LGBT health. Originally open only to physicians, residents and medical students, in 2002 GLMA expanded its mission and now represents the interests of tens of thousands of LGBT health professionals of all kinds, as well as millions of LGBT patients. GLMA's membership includes approximately 1,000 member physicians, medical students, nurses, physician assistants, researchers, psychotherapists and other health professionals.

Review Date: December 02, 2011

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Interamerican College Of Physicians and Surgeons

Interamerican College Of Physicians and Surgeons is a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 to promote cooperation among U.S. Hispanic physicians and to advance their professional and educational needs. Through its publications, conferences, and links to Hispanic medical societies, the organization has expanded its territory to include Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain. The College provides information and support to physicians, faculty, researchers, health institutions, government agencies, community based-organizations, and medical societies in the United States, Latin America and Spain.

Review Date: February 09, 2012

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Lymphoma Foundation of America

Lymphoma Foundation of America is the national nonprofit charitable organization devoted solely to helping lymphoma patients and their families. Founded in 1986, LFA provides nurse-counseling, patient support services, referrals to specialists, educational programs, research grants to scientists who are developing new treatments, and travel assistance for lymphoma patients. Lymphoma Foundation of America is listed with the U.S. government’s cancer information hotline, 1-800-4-CANCER, a service of the National Cancer Institute. All programs and services are free.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

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Migraine Research Foundation

The Migraine Research Foundation is the only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to funding migraine research in the United States. By helping research scientists discover the root causes of migraine and determine how to treat them, the Migraine Research Foundation hopes that everyone who suffers from migraine will eventually have an effective treatment that they can count on to allow them to live a healthy, happy and productive life. Assisting MRF is a distinguished Medical Advisory Board that includes leading neurologists and scientists from across the country. All of the operating costs for MRFare underwritten, so donations go directly to fund migraine research. MRF is a 501(c)(3) charity.

Review Date: September 03, 2010

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National Hispanic Medical Association

Founded in 1994, National Hispanic Medical Association acts as a representative for the 26,000 licensed physicians and 1,800 full-time Hispanic medical faculty dedicated to teaching medical and health services research. NHMA provides policymakers and health care providers with expert information and support in strengthening health service delivery to Hispanic communities across the nation.

Review Date: February 08, 2012

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National Medical Association

The National Medical Association (NMA) was founded in 1895 as a professional organization for African-American physicians. Its goals are to raise professional and educational standards, to promote cooperation among physicians, to improve the health care delivery system, to educate the public, to promote just medical laws, and to eliminate racial and religious discrimination from American medical institutions. It operates the SASATA Project under a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a Radon and Indoor Air Education Program under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It works to recruit African-American students into medical programs, provides information and consultation services to members, and advises and guides physicians who are interested in Federal funding.

Review Date: July 02, 2008

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Review Date: June 24, 2011

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Skin Cancer Foundation

This nonprofit, public foundation is concerned with increasing public awareness of the sun's harmful rays and stresses the importance of preventive measures against the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. The Foundation encourages people to recognize skin cancer early, when detection and prompt treatment hold the best chance for effective management and survival. The Foundation conducts public and medical education programs and provides support for medical research on skin cancer. Under the Foundation's aegis, skin cancer authorities from here and abroad recurrently meet in a World Congress on Cancers of the Skin to exchange views and present findings from their clinical studies and basic research into the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin cancer.

Review Date: August 18, 2010

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Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), established in 1968, is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development and research. Physician referrals are available.

Review Date: July 05, 2011

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