AMA, ABMS and the MOC

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If you haven’t heard, the AMA came out opposing the whole process of the MOC.  Amazing, right?  Well, let me direct you this site where it described how the AMA attempted to gut the resolution as seen in the image above.  The wussies were trying to win but:

Between testimony in Reference Committee C on Sunday, and final voting on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Medical Society melted the meeting down with a blistering two hour exposé on the abuses of the ABIM and the boards in general. It was standing room only, with Dr. Wesby Fisher and Charles Kroll presenting their financial data, Dr. Bonnie Weiner discussing NBPAS, and Dr. Scott Shapiro announcing the PA Medical Society’s vote of “no confidence” in the ABIM and plans to pursue legal action against the boards. Full report on the meeting and PowerPoint presentations can be found here.

With a much needed boost in morale and the data to support strong action, the full house convened on Wednesday and the delegates soundly rejected the Committee’s butchering of the resolution, extracted it to a full vote on the house floor, and restored the strong language of the first resolved. It passed easily.

RESOLVED,That our American Medical Association call for the immediate end of any mandatory, secured recertifying examination by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or other certifying organizations as part of the recertification process for all those specialties that still require a secure, high-stakes recertification examination.

Unfortunately, the war probably hasn’t even started. The ABMS stands to lose hundreds of millions and came back with this:

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is opposed to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) call for the immediate end to any mandatory, secure recertifying examination by ABMS or other certifying organizations as part of the recertification process for those specialties that still require a secure, high-stakes recertification examination.

Consumers, patients, hospitals and other users of the Board Certification credential expect board certified physicians to be up-to-date with the knowledge, judgment and skills of their specialty—both at the point of initial certification and along the physician’s career path – and to verify it through an external assessment. The privilege to self-regulate which physicians enjoy demands that we meet that expectation with more than just continuing medical education.

Privilege?  I stopped reading after that.  We all need to stand together and Kill the MOC.  What a bunch of asswipes the ABMS is. Let’s flush it away.

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