Kill the MOC

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If you haven’t seen this piece written by a pediatrician then you have to immediately. Here is what she did:

Well, it turns out, not complying with MOC is a big deal. Not only has the definition of “board certified” changed, apparently so has the definition of “voluntary.”

On December 17, with the blessing of my partners, I decided to test how “voluntary” board certification is. Over the past 13 years, I’ve passed my board examination twice, completed multiple proprietary online tests, and completed three ABP research projects on my patients. But when the American Board of Pediatrics threatened to revoke my certification and nullify 13 years of testing and research projects if I didn’t pay $1,300 to “maintain certification,” I had enough. I didn’t pay, and voluntarily gave up my board certification.

What happened? Well, the American Board of Pediatrics erased her name as if she had never passed the original board. Then the insurance companies started dropping her and soon her privileges at the hospital became at risk.

We need to stop this scam.  There is no proof that a MOC does anything.  The ABMS is corrupt and using the the word voluntary to destroy our lives and accrue boatloads of cash.  Let’s not just stop the MOC, let’s Kill the MOC!

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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3 Responses

  1. Kurt says:

    Boards are no longer academic service organizations but are financial conglomerates that
    make money and benefit only those that run them. There is no proof that MOC has improved
    anything in this country and the overall health of this nation is headed down the toilet.
    The only thing that stands a chance at changing things is holding people responsible for their
    lousy health behaviors………….. But………….That is too politically “incorrect” and not popular.
    In that case, stay out of primary care and specialized. I am sick and tired of being held responsible for poor outcomes because patients won’t follow instructions. Be aware, I am merciful with the aged and mentally handicapped. In that case follow the K.I.S.S. principle and do the best one can.

  2. Madelyn Sieraski says:

    Once upon a time I thought that learning was a good. I joined the hospital library and education committee to facilitate the learning at my hospital. I also thought that my saying the information was helpful to me was enough. Wrong. The amount of regulation on local education sessions increased every year. We were the learning police. Tests to prove you learned something, surveys to prove you used what you learned in the real world. Contracts that the education committee members did not own stock in a drug company. Review of slides to make sure there were no brand names used or slides supplied by drugs companies. When physicians switched to using hospitalist they did not come to the hospital regularly. Learning was placed in someone else’s hands. MOC, board renewals. Not to mention that doctors are so easily manipulated by Big Pharma that learning had to be controlled.

    • Kurt says:

      What planet are you on Sieraski? Big Pharma can’t manipulate crap now because the people that
      pay the drug bills won’t pay for the latest and greatest. That myth died years ago. I simply tell people that if it’s on television it’s a minimum of $350 to $450 a month and if one of the biologicals
      25k!! All drug ads on TV should be outlawed.

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