Subject of Major Lawsuit, ABIM Struggles to Fill Positions
Seventy-three positions are needed for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to fulfill "a new governance structure," the ABIM announced on its blog July 2, 2019. True to form for this private organization: the need for a "new governance structure" and how that structure will impact working physicians is not disclosed. Will the ABIM have difficulty filling their positions? It is lost on (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - July 5, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

MOC's Incredible Price Growth
The chart above by Mark J. Perry, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan's Flint campus, was recently published demonstrating the rise in healthcare prices in government services affected by bureaucratic regulatory capture (red) and those that were not so affected (blue). Physicians are directly feeling the brunt of (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - July 1, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

The ABIM Tax Man Commeth... Again
Yesterday, lots of busy internists received email notices of another $140 check due to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Physician's "Maintenance of Certification (MOC) fees are now an annual tax internists must pay to practice medicine. Physicians should ask themselves why they must pay for this unproven "educational promise" tied to their initial board certification that "tells (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - June 28, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Re-Defining Medical Professionalism
In 1999 we were told a new organization was created by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to "improve healthcare through the advancement of medical professionalism." That organization then created a workgroup to create a white paper on "medical professionalism co-published simultaneously in the Annals of Internal Medicine and Lancet called "Medical Professionalism in the New (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - June 24, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

"Nothing Else. Promise!"
From Sermo: There is no evidence that recertification makes better doctors. All evidence points to a process that merely enriches the boards that impose their wills upon us. I was one of the first classes to not be "grandfathered". Those who came before me said "Everyone needs to recertify, except us, we're special." But don't worry, they said, it'll just be an open-book, take-home exam every 10 (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - June 15, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

More Legal Trouble for ABIM
Last Thursday, US District Judge Katherine Hayden ruled in favor of Jaime Salas Rushford, MD's motion to sever and transfer his counterclaims and third-party complaint against the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to the District of Puerto Rico. For those unfamiliar with this case that began in 2014, a brief summary is included in the Opinion (references removed): ABIM is an Iowa (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - June 12, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Plaintiffs Respond to ABPN's Motion to Dismiss
The recently-filed plaintiffs' Opposition to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology's (ABPN) Motion to Dismiss concisely summarizes the legal issues with Maintenance of Certification (MOC):ABPN sells initial certifications to new doctors to demonstrate satisfactory completion of their graduate medical education. ABPN has a 100 percent market share in the market for initial certifications, (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - June 10, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

A True Story
From the front line of health care in South Carolina: It had been a long week of consults and surgeries when he received the call. "Doctor, why are you behind on MOCĀ®?" "Really, that's none of your business," he said. They threatened to take his privileges. He said, "No you can't because I'm relinquishing them now." They said, "Wait!..." He left. Please help end the abuse. -Wes (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - June 10, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs