The AASP credentialing process provides recognition to individual Spine Physicians for achieving a high level of continuing education and demonstrating an ongoing interest in improving their capacities to provide or coordinate comprehensive spine care. Becoming a credentialed spine physician requires that individuals fulfill the eligibility criteria, achieve the minimum level of continuing education credits required and receive a passing score on a written examination where applicable. The AASP provides Diplomate and Fellow credentialing opportunities.
Recognition (Achievement) Awards: The AASP will occasionally offer recognition awards for academic achievement for contributing to the AASP. Such awards will be available to educational institutions that have been supportive of the AASP mission, to AASP members and candidate members.
Candidate Member Recognition (Achievement) Award: Candidate members of the AASP are eligible to obtain candidate continuing education credits through online programs. These credits will not apply to Diplomate or Fellow credentialing with the Academy. This program provides a unique opportunity for the candidate to obtain unique clinical insights and develop his or her resume with listing of levels of recognition received through the Academy. This program can be accessed on line by typing SPINE.TV. Some college, university and medical center locations will have a dedicated computer station within their library or resource center for student or resident access to the American Academy of Spine Physicians online educational opportunities
CREDENTIALING WITH THE AASP
The AASP provides acknowledgement of the level of continuing education achieved through the Academy by designation of Diplomate or Fellow to the active member who has met the necessary criteria. Application for credentialing from the American Academy of Spine Physicians is voluntary on the part of physicians who engage in care of the spine and related disorders. The American Academy of Spine Physicians credentialing process requires the following steps: Purpose of Credentialing with the AASP
Helps to implement an interdisciplinary Code of Ethics and the AASP Patient Bill of Rights. Promotes professional accountability, visibility and leadership. Identifies those professionals who have chosen to advance their knowledge and raise their professional accomplishments in the field of spinecare.
Advances interdisciplinary cooperation between chiropractic physicians and neurosurgeons. Encourages continued professional growth and development. Levels of Credentialing
The American Academy of Spine Physicians offers two levels of credentialing. The level of credentialing awarded is based upon meeting the designated professional and continuing educational criteria.
Diplomate status is awarded to AASP members who have acquired a minimum of 300 continuing education credits through the AASP
Fellow status with the American College of Spine Physicians is awarded to those physicians who have met the requirements of the Diplomate status and have acquired an additional 200 continuing education credits through the AASP.
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPINE PHYSICIANS
The American College of Spine Physicians is a division of the American Academy of Spine Physicians. The College represents a select group of members of the AASP who have achieved the highest-level continuing education recognized by the AASP. Physicians inducted into the College as a Fellow have achieved a minimum of 500 continuing educational credits through the AASP. After being awarded a Fellow status with the College the physician may use the initials F.A.C.S.P. representing their status as a Fellow of the American College of Spine Physicians.
BECOMING CREDENTIAL ELIGIBLE
The first requirement for becoming a credentialed spine physician with the AASP is to become credential Eligible. The application to become credential eligible requires completion of the following steps:
1. Meet the AASP membership criteria
2. Be a member of the American Academy of Spine Physicians in good standing.
3. Complete and submit the Credentialing Application Form
4. Submit a copy of state license
5. Submit a non-refundable $100 credentialing application fee made payable to the American Academy of Spine Physicians
Upon completion of these steps, the application will be forwarded to and reviewed by the Academy's Education Committee. The Academy reserves the right to request any additional information or clarification required for the completion of the application process. You will be notified by mail regarding the decision of the Education Committee. Completion of the peer review process may take 2-4 weeks after all of the required application materials have been received by the Academy.
Individuals who have satisfactorily completed the steps necessary for becoming credential eligible may begin acquiring continuing educational credits through the Academy.
MAINTAINING CREDENTIAL ELIGIBLE STATUS
You may remain credential eligible with the AASP for no more than 4 years. During this period you may use the term "credential eligible Spine Physician". To remain in good standing as credential eligible with the AASP you must:
1. Must be a member in good standing of the American Academy of Spine Physicians.
2. Practice in accordance with the American Academy of Spine Physician's Code of Ethics.
3. Practice in accordance with the American Academy of Spine Physicians Patient Bill of Rights
4. Maintain a current license.
5. Remain in good standing with state regulatory agencies and your profession.
6. Meet the continuing education criteria for Diplomate status with 4 years of becoming credential eligible.
THE CREDENTIALING PROCESS
Obtaining Credentialed Status with the AASP
1. The applicant must be a member in good standing with the American Academy of Spine Physicians.
2. The applicant must have met all criteria and be credential eligible.
3. To become a obtain Diplomate of the American Academy of Spine Physicians the applicant must successfully obtain a minimum of 300 continuing education credits through the AASP while maintaining a credential eligible status.
4. To become a Fellow of the American College of Spine Physicians the applicant must successfully complete the requirements for Diplomate status and acquire an additional 200 hours of continuing education credits through the AASP . Fellow status represents the highest level of academic achievement which can be obtained through the AASP .
MAINTAINING AN ACTIVE CREDENTIALED SPINE PHYSICIAN STATUS
To maintain your credentialed spine physician status with the American Academy of Spine Physicians, the following is required:
1. Must be a member in good standing of the American Academy of Spine Physicians.
2. Practice in accordance with the American Academy of Spine Physicians Code of Ethics and the Patient Bill of Rights.
3. Maintain a current license to practice.
4. Remain in good standing with state regulatory agencies and your profession.
5. To maintain an active credentialed status with the AASP will require a minimum of 100 continuing education credits during every four-year period.
Credentialing by the American Academy of Spine Physicians is valid for 4 years. At the end of the fourth year the credentialed Spine Physician will be re-credentialed if the following requirements are met:
1. Submitting proof of a minimum of 100 continuing education credits through the AASP.
2. Sending a copy of current license.
3. Being in good standing with state regulatory agencies and your profession.
CREDENTIALING with the AASP
Credentialing with the AASP is a three-step process:
Be an active member of the American Academy of Spine Physicians
1. Meet the entry requirements of the applicable level of credentialing.
2. Complete all portions of the Application for Credentialing.
3. Submit a copy of current license.
4. Submit a non-refundable $100 credentialing application fee made payable to the American Academy of Spine Physicians.
1. Be designated as credential eligible by the Academy.
2. Achieving a passing score on all applicable continuing education tests (proficiency of 80% or better).
3. Obtain continuing education requirements for Diplomate or Fellow status. Upon completion of the above requirements, you officially become a credentialed spine physician with the American Academy of Spine Physicians and can use the letter designations after your name. For Diplomate status with the American Academy of Spine Physicians the letter designations are D.A.A.S.P.; and for Fellow status with the American College for Spine Physicians the letter designations are F.A.C.S.P.
BENEFITS AND PRIVELGES OF CREDENTIALING WITH THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SPINE PHYSICIANS
The member will be provided with a personalized certificate designating the level of credentialing (Diplomate or Fellow) acquired through the AASP . The certificate is suitable for framing.
You will be listed as a credentialed spine physician in the National Directory of Spine Physicians (which includes international members).
You will have access to the National Directory of Spine Physicians, a public service offered by the American Academy of Spine Physicians.The directory is co-sponsored by The International Spine Association (ISA).
You will be listed as a member and credentialed spine physician on the American Academy of Spine Physicians web site at www.spinephysicians.org.
You will be granted the right to use the appropriate letter designations after your name and professional degree. (D.A.A.S.P. for Diplomate of the American Academy of Spine Physicians and F.A.C.S.P. for Fellow of the American College of Spine Physicians).
You will receive a press release acknowledging your academic achievement and designated status with the AASP which can be submitted to local media.
Your credentialed status will promote professional accountability and visibility through recognition among peers, patients and the healthcare community as a credentialed spine physician.
The credentialed status demonstrates your commitment to providing ethical, interdisciplinary and cooperative spinecare.