Physician Plaintiffs File Reply Brief Against ABIM
The four Internal Medicine physician Plaintiffs-Appellants  filed their latest Reply Brief in the class action lawsuit against the American Board of internal Medicine (ABIM) today. That reply brief summarized the alleged tying arrangement of ABIM board certification to "Maintenance of Certification (MOC)":"ABIM’s monopoly power over certifications is und isputed. Certifications are an economic (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - July 28, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Tags: ABIM American Board of Internal Medicine lawsuit Maintenance of Certification MOC Source Type: blogs

ABMS Board Certifications: One Product or Two?
It is the question at the crux of the antitrust cases against the ABMS member boards: Is board certification one product that has merely been updated or does board certification contain more than one product? If more than one product, is the second product tied, or leveraged, to force the purchase of the second product? Let me be the first to admit I am not a lawyer, much less an expert on (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - July 17, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

MOC and the Racist Origins of Grandfathering
From Paul G. Mathew, MD via Facebook:  A hearing was held yesterday by the Rhode Island State Legislature's House Finance Committee regarding H7171 Article 20 on Healthcare Reform. One of the topics of discussion was the Interstate Compact, which will allow physicians to practice medicine across state lines. This will be especially hel pful in providing tele-health services to areas of need. One (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - July 16, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Will the History of US Physician Board Certification Sink MOC?
In the closely followed Siva v American Board of Radiology (ABR) antitrust case (1:19-cv-01407), the Plaintiff recently filed an Opposition to Dismiss the First Amended Complaint (FAC) earlier this week. At issue in this case is whether intial certification and MOC are a single product or two separate tied products. In this newest legal docket entry, the Plaintiff added additional arguments from (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - July 1, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

How MOC is Contributing to the Demise of Physicians
Dr. Torie S. Sepah, MD on the KevinMD blog:Now, one could argue, what ’s $500 a year to a physician? Well, it adds up to $5,000 in ten years, at which time I’ll shell out another several grand to take the recertification exam.  Contrary to popular belief, physicians aren’t exactly rolling in the dough. In fact, 8 out of 10 physicians under 40 carry over $150,00 0 in medical school debt.  It all (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - June 8, 2020 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs