What is it like for physicians to fail their ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) program examination? How does the largest member board of the ABMS, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), respond to doctors who fail their secure examination?
On February 3, 2015, in response to overwhelming physician pushback regarding the Maintenance of Certification program sanctioned by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Board of Internal Medicine suspended the Practice Improvement Modules contained in Part IV of their MOC program for two years.
An insurance company that issued policies to Biotronik wants a federal judge in Oregon to declare that they don’t have to cover Biotronik’s losses in a pair of lawsuits filed over allegedly unneeded pacemaker implantations.
It was like magic, a vote was held in the House of Representatives on the Medicare “Doc Fix” and moments later, my inbox was filled with press releases from the American College of Cardiology and the AMA. A few seconds later, a somewhat more tempered press release from AARP arrived, urging more revisions to the bill as it passed to the Senate for approval.
Now imagine that piece of paper comes with a promise of having to pay more for your own good and where time spent acquiring that paper meant nothing. Most rational people would have visions of Bernie Madoff or some other Ponzi scheme.