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 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: DrWes 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 MOC®?" "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 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: DrWes Source Type: blogs

MOC's End Game: Physician Data Sales
Provider Information Management (actually Physicians Information Management) is the new digital currency being compiled and sold. ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC®), is the means to keep that physician database current. Meet Phynd Technologies, Inc., a partnership of ABMS Solutions, LLC, Epic Systems Corporation, Amazon Web Services, Drupal, and the non-profit Healthwise, a network of (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - June 9, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

HRS Hears From Its Members on MOC
From the Heart Rhythm Society online forum by a cardiac electrophysiologist: After exploring the web of corruption that supports the ABIM and NCQI (editor's note: actually the NCQA, the National Committee for Quality Assurance), I decided I would take a stand against it and not participate in MOC or re-certify with ABIM. I certified with NBPAS and re-certified with them. I truly believe it’s a (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - June 4, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Medical Societies Side with ABIM at the Expense of Their Members
Yesterday in a coordinated blow, the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Society for Cardiovascular Interventions (SCAI), the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) turned to their marketing muscle, funded in large part by the medical device industry, to issue a joint letter to their respective physician (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - May 29, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

The Bizarre Week of Pro-MOC Activities
"ABIM is disappointed to learn of a lawsuit filed on behalf of four diplomates. The organization will vigorously defend itself, recognizing that doing so will consume resources far better dedicated to continuous improvement of its programs."- ABIM blog What a bizarre week it has been by those who support Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Despite the growing uproar in the working physician (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - May 23, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Grandfathers, Lattes, and the ACC's CMP Pathway
Drs. Kovacs (L), Fisher (C), and Marine (R) discuss MOC and the ACC/HRS Collaborative Maintenance Pathway (CMP) at the Heart Rhythm Society's 40th Scientific Sessions As I head back to Chicago today, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on my experience before, during, and after my opportunity to speak at the Heart Rhythm Society's (HRS) 40th Scientific Sessions in San Francisco yesterday. (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - May 10, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Grandfathers, Lattes, and the ACC's CMP Pathway
Drs. Kovacs (L), Fisher (C), and Marine (R) discuss MOC and the ACC/HRS Collaborative Maintenance Pathway (CMP) at the Heart Rhythm Society's 40th Scientific Sessions As I head back to Chicago today, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on my experience before, during, and after my opportunity t o speak at the Heart Rhythm Society's (HRS) 40th Scientific Sessions in San Francisco yesterday. (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - May 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: DrWes Source Type: blogs

HRS Scientific Sessions 2019: Science or Story-Telling?
I had just left the Opening Plenary Session at the 2019 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Scientific Sessions in San Francisco and was sitting my cup of coffee when he approached me. "So, what did you think?" I wasn't really sure how I should respond, so I was polite and spoke slowly. "It was nice," I said, waiting to hear what he had to say. "I thought it was kind of weird. The 'story-telling' (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - May 9, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

HRS Scientific Sessions 2019: Science or Story-Telling?
I had just left the Opening Plenary Session at the 2019 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Scientific Sessions in San Francisco and was sitting my cup of coffee when he approached me. "So, what did you think?" I wasn't really sure how I should respond, so I was polite and spoke slowly. "It was nice," I said, waiting to hear what he had to say. "I thought it was kind of weird. The 'story-telling' (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - May 8, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: DrWes Source Type: blogs

Physician Plaintiffs Counter ABIM's Motion to Dismiss
Following the Dec 6 2018 filing of a class action antitrust lawsuit against the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) by four internal medicine physicians (that was later amended to include fraud, RICO and unjust enrichment claims), the ABIM filed a motion to dismiss the physicians' Complaint. Much of their argument hinged on the ABIM's supposition that "... plaintiffs cannot establish (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - May 2, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs