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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Think Your Doctor is better because he is Recertified? Guess again. The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons

Think Your Doctor is better because he is Recertified?  Guess again. The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons

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Maintenance of Certification (MOC) tests for doctors like us might sound like a good idea at first glance. MOC requires us to take frequent modules and tests to remain certified and keep our jobs.
But the truth is that these tests provide no value to doctors or patients; in fact, they contribute to rising health care costs because they take doctors’ precious time away from treating patients.
Recognizing the MOC burden, nearly 20 states have introduced legislation to curb it, with Washington state passing a bill to forbid it as a condition of licensure in late March. The rest should follow suit.
MOC is a cash cow for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its 24 specialty boards, which administer the exams. According to its most recent tax filings, ABMS president Lois Margaret Nora made nearly $700,000 in compensation from the organization in 2016. Thirteen other executives made over $150,000 from the nonprofit in the same year. In total, ABMS spent over $10 million on compensation, more than half its annual revenues, which largely come from inflated testing fees. That’s good work if you can get it.
as reported in Forbes Magazine. By NIRAN AL-AGBA and MEG EDISON   April 9, 2018







MOC Journal Club - The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons

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