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Virginia HB 1967 Requirement of multiple choices for medical specialty board certification

Virginia HB 1967 Requirement of multiple choices for medical specialty board certification

It’s official! HB 1967 seeks to revise the law relating to medical specialty board certification by increasing competition to add the American Osteopathic Association, National Board of Physicians and Surgeons and the National Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons to promote physicians choice in certification, increase competition thereby decreasing healthcare costs.

Now is the time to write in and call your legislators to support this bill. If you don’t know who your legislator is, see this website, enter your address and write to both Senate and House legislators. There is an Excel spreadsheet below with all the contact info for both the Senate and House.

Feel free to use the letter below as a template, if you are a constituent, include that information, if not, you can still write/call in.

Dear Senator or Delegate (insert name): I am a practicing physician and your constituent. I understand that the HB 1967 champions free market principles by allowing physicians choice in our medical specialty board certification. Currently, we only have one choice, which is the American Board of Medical Specialties. However, ABMS has already found that their recertification, also known as maintenance of certification (MOC), is problematic, not relevant and other alternatives are needed. “MOC programs did not sufficiently integrate advances in education and assessment science or offer alternative methods for assessment to improve learning.”(Vision Committee Report page, 3)

Additionally the Department of Justice wrote an opinion on MOC and stated that it encourages legislatures to promote competition by recognizing “additional, legitimate certifying bodies” such as the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS), whose recognition the DOJ believes “could allow for a competitive alternative to ABMS in certifying medical specialists.” Such competition may provide a host of benefits, including physicians’ passing on “extra time and lower costs in the form of savings or extra care for consumers”, physicians’ “seek[ing] additional subspecialty certification or [staying] in practice longer”, and “further encourage[ing] the incumbent certifying body to continue refining their processes to be competitive.”If other new bodies, unaffiliated with ABMS or NBPAS, can offer a more (or similarly) efficient and accurate way to certify medical specialists, the interests of competition may be better served if they have an opportunity to compete on the merits of their approach with physicians, hospitals, payers, and consumers, without needing new, ad hoc legislation to support their entry.”

I am in full support of this bill. Please support HB1967.

Thanks so much for your support.

Other MOC Reform News

  • Virginia Physicians – please take these two important surveys 1) Help NBPAS’ urgent request to respond to the Vision Commission by requesting a moratorium on onerous MOC components. 2) Virginia Physicians who support HB1967, please take this 2 min. survey about HB1967 support.

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