Examining the ABIM's Evidence for Maintenance of Certification ®
In response to an recent article in MDEdge about the GoFundMe page supporting four plaintiffs who brought suit against the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), Richard Baron, MD, President and CEO of the ABIM said: “Valuable credentials with standards behind them gain market share because they are meaningful and say something important about the doctors who hold them,” Dr. Baron said in (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - February 25, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Grifters Will Always Be Grifters
On 12 Feb 2019, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Vision Commission created 25 September 2017, issued its Final Report to the ABMS Board of Directors its controversial and very lucrative "continuous certification" programs. Not surprisingly, the self-appointed Commission thumbed its nose at the overwhelming majority (88%) of US physicians who find no value to continuous (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - February 16, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Maintenance of Certification: Do We Have a Certified Crisis in Medicine?
From Paul G. Mathew, MD in Practical Neurology: Between the growing number of states adopting laws to protect physicians from forced MOC compliance, the increasing number of hospitals/institutions accepting NBPAS as an alternative to ABMS recertification for physician credentialing purposes, and the potential ramifications of a decision in favor of the plaintiffs (practicing physicians) in the (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - February 16, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Grifters Will Always Be Grifters
On 12 Feb 2019, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Vision Commission created 25 September 2017, issued its Final Report to the ABMS Board of Directors its controversial and very lucrative "continuous certification" programs. Not surprisingly, the self-appointed Commission thumbed its nose at the overwhelming majority (88%) of US physicians who find no value to continuous (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - February 16, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: DrWes Source Type: blogs

Evolving Board Certification
From the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology, the MOCA Minute ® (Cost $210/yr + 100/yr for subsequent certifications):The MOCA Minute, a longitudinal assessment program introduced in 2016, enables anesthesiologists to identify their scope of practice and answer 30 practice-relevant multiple-choice questions per calendar quarter to continually assess their (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - February 4, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

ABIM Class Action Lawsuit Against MOC Amended to Include Racketeering and Unjust Enrichment
On Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019, the class action antitrust lawsuit previously filed against the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Pennsylvania federal court was amended to include claims under the RICO Act and state law unjust enrichment claims. From the 50-page amended Complaint: Finally, this case is about ABIM’s violation of Section 1962(c) of the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - January 25, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Council of Medical Specialty Societies Weigh In on Their Vision for MOC
Just in the nick of time, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), another (smaller) member of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) that represents medical specialty societies, issued its public comment on the ABMS Vision Commission Draft Report on Maintenance (and Continuous) Certification on the last day the Commission is taking comments. What is important (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - January 15, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Physician Online Gaming for MOC Points
This email was forwarded to my inbox from a colleague who was invited to play this "8-week online computer game and clinical care competition" with colleagues for 4 MOC ® points from the University of California San Francisco in collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME): From: "Trever Burgon, PhD" Date: January 12, 2019 To: ************* Subject: CME/ (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - January 14, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs