MOC is weaker now than ever before thanks to the grassroots efforts of physicians like you and the help of organizations like the Practicing Physicians of America, National Board of Physicians and Surgeons, and American Association of Physicians and Surgeons. Although we did not succeed in Virginia last year, it is important to understand that this is a long game. We must strategize and continue to push forward. Your efforts last year REALLY made a difference and now is not the time to stop. ABMS is throwing millions of dollars at lobbying firms across the country to stop bills that are basically keeping MOC voluntary. As we gear up for the next General Assembly Session which starts January 9, 2019, I wanted to provide some updates and encouragement on MOC Reform across the country. The most recent information is as follows:
- “On Thursday 6 December 2018 in the Federal District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania, a class action lawsuit on behalf of over 100,000 internal medicine physicians was filed against the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) by four internists.”
See website for more information and review the complaint that was filed here.
- “A federal judge in Camden has granted final approval to an $84 million settlement of an antitrust class action against the American Osteopathic Association,” related to the tying of AOA membership to the ability to maintain specialty certification through Osteopathic Continuous Certification, reported the New Jersey Law Journal on December 4, 2018. More info here.
- Health Policy Summit on MOC Reform by Delegate Sam Rasoul occurred on 12/7/18 in Richmond, Virginia, for a discussion regarding physician recertification focusing on the impact of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and how it is creating barriers for practicing physicians. Participants learned the role of hospitals and insurance companies in recertification, about what other states have done and what Virginia physicians can do. This was meeting was well attended and for those who could not attend, we will be providing updates.
This website will be deleted and a new website will be created in the coming days. We will be setting up regular MOC discussion webinars for those in Virginia who are interested in helping support the new legislation, once finalized. This is a joint initiative from physician groups in the Central Virginia area and if other groups would like to join, let us know. Don’t forget to visit the following websites for more information: