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THIS IS THE YEAR!
Dear Practicing Physician, Welcome Alaska State Medical Society for taking a stand against MOC and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact! That makes 20 state medical societies opposing MOC! MOC is big news and has been in particular, for the last three years, it was listed as the top news story in Medscape and yet, the medical certification industry is not giving up their revenue stream without a fight. This year, it is time to increase the pressure by getting involved in your medical societies and create resolutions at the state level, similiar to what Oklahoma physicians did in their state this past year. The legislative session will be starting in January, now is the time. Not Rich Baron, MD @NotRichBaronMD Of course, Board Certification matters! How else could I maintain this lifestyle? I haven't taken call since Dr. Wes was an intern. NBPAS
Join the growing list of hospitals in the nation who currently accept NBPAS as an alternative, which includes over 50 hospitals in 21 states. View the NBPAS year-end update. Physicians can petition their medical executive committees to change the by-laws at the hospital by using a petition, like this one. Remember, the ABMS MOC/Recertification requirement is not only anti-competitive, it prevents practicing physicians from working. And don't forget to sign the non-compliance petition!CHANGES FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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What a year. Today, I received a copy of the Alaska State Medical Association newsletter in my mailbox, and it caps off an incredible year for physicians in our battle against MOC. What started as a small group of docs emailing each other in frustration has grown into an unstoppable movement that now officially extends beyond the “Lower 48”.
It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone since my 2015 update on the ABMS/ABIM Maintenanence of Certification controversy. I thought it would be important to maintain this chronological annual review of the ABIM and their conspiring organizations to keep physicians and the public apprised of the situation unfolding.
The maintenance of certification (MOC) is an issue which practicing physicians must face in their future. It is often tied to criteria that dictate a physician’s ability to practice. Preparation is often costly in both time and money and there is much debate on the relevance of MOC in determining a physician’s ability.
Online Patient Survey Results - Dr. Arvind Cavale
Over the past few years, Dr. Cavale has been collecting data on what patients understand about certification and what it truly means to them. The goal was to get at least 1000 responses and to date, 789 have been obtained. Feel free to take a look at the data.
ABIM Nonprofit or For Profit?- Suja S. Amir
The overwhelming answer to the question is a definative, NO. Q1 Does ABIM fulfill the requirements of a public charity? NO 97.3% of 220 Q2. Does ABIM deserve the 501c3 status that allows them to be exempt from federal income taxes? NO 97.2% of 210 Q3. Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns? (open ended) 223 who answered 171 had negative comments against ABIM and the remaining 52 were either no or n/a. Here's a compilation of some of the best comments from this survey.