Plaintiffs to Appeal ABIM Class-Action Lawsuit in Full
With the time to amend the earlier class action antitrust and racketeering lawsuit against the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) past, this statement was issued by C. Phillip Curley, the Plaintiffs' lead attorney: “Plaintiffs plan to appeal in full the dismissal of their case. While we respect the district court, we believe it was wrong at this early stage of the litigation to dismiss (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - October 12, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Tags: ABIM American Board of Internal Medicine lawsuit Source Type: blogs

You Know There's a Problem with MOC When...
... yet another antitrust lawsuit is filed against ANOTHER American Board of Medical Specialties' member board.   This time, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery joined the antitrust litigation fray on September 11, 2019. Look for those Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) fees to continue to skyrocket as the certification cartel extracts more fees from working stiffs doctors to help pay (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - October 5, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Tags: ABMS ABOS American Board of Medical Specialties American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Source Type: blogs

Why Working Physicians Deserve Their Day in Court
Ask any physician who shares 24-hour call with his colleagues: what time is the worst time to get called into the hospital? Most will tell you just before midnight. That's because you miss out on those most precious first few hours of deep sleep needed for the next day. For me, the call this particular evening came at 10:47PM. Seventy-nine years old. Complete heart block. Wide complex escape (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - October 2, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Some Thoughts on the Recent ABIM Lawsuit Ruling
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax After researching, investigating, and writing about the activities and finances of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation for the past five year s, it would figure that a ruling on the class-action lawsuit challenging the ABIM Maintenance of (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - September 29, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

Some Thoughts on the Recent ABIM Lawsuit Ruling
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax After researching, investigating, and writing about the activities and finances of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation for the past five yea rs, it would figure that a ruling on the class-action lawsuit challenging the ABIM Maintenance of (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - September 28, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: DrWes Source Type: blogs

Federal Judge Dismisses MOC Class-Action Lawsuit, For Now
On 26 September 2019, a Pennsylvania judge has dismissed the current claims filed by the four internists challenging ABIM ’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program (The full opinion here). The judge, however, has invited the plaintiffs to file amended claims on the monopolization and racketeering claims in the lawsuit in the next 14 days and, in contrast to what the ABIM said in their public (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - September 28, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

ABMS's Vision: Doubling Down on MOC
Since the American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS) "Vision Commission" issued its corporate white-paper "final report," it has become abundantly clear that the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), medical subspecialty societies, and the entire Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (AAMC, AMA, AHA, etc), have no intention of ending mandated re-certification (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - September 24, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs

How ABIM's MOC Product Ends Physician Careers
From Medical Economics:Mark Lopatin, MD, has been a vocal opponent of ABIM ’s MOC process for several years, but says that these new options are similar to changes he’d like to see in his subspecialty of rheumatology. His 1986 board certification in internal medicine is still considered valid, even though he hasn’t practiced in the field for 30 years, he says. But be cause rheumatology boards were (Source: Dr. Wes)
Source: Dr. Wes - September 23, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Westby G. Fisher, MD Source Type: blogs