ABCMO is the primary source for verifying an optometrist is a certified specialist in medical optometry. Since its founding in 2009, over 130 state, local and federal Joint Commission accredited medical organizations now utilize ABCMO for verification an optometrist is certified as a specialist in medical optometry. Since the number of VSC requests has continued to grow as more residency-trained medical optometrists complete their training and gain medical staff appointments at Joint Commission accredited medical organizations, group practices or clinical teaching faculty, the VSC process has been correspondingly updated.
This most recent VSC update should provide more timely verifications by utilizing e-mail verifications.
To remain a certified specialist in medical optometry an optometrist, after certification, is required by ABCMO to participate in its Maintenance of Specialist Competence (MSC) program as specified in Article 19 of ABCMO Bylaws.
To request VSC: Any health organization, credentialing committee, 3rd party credentialing broker, or private individual may request verification of an optometrist’s certification in medical optometry by sending a VSC request, containing the full name of that optometrist and a check or money order made payable in the amount of $50 to ABCMO, to the address below. Include a stamped, self-addressed return envelope only if a written response is required but always include the name and e-mail address of the requestor.
For security and efficient replies ABCMO prefers verifications of specialist certification be sent only by e-mail unless directed otherwise by the requestor.
Mail VSC Requests to:ABCMO (VSC)
18683 Milton Ave.
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Please Note: After January 1, 2021, federal health facilitiesmust pay the same $50 fee for VSC (by check or money order) required of Joint Commission accredited health facilities.