The Association of of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) filed suit in federal court against the Amercan Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for restraining trade and causing reduction in access by patients to their physicians.According to the complaint:
"Defendent ABMS has agreed with 24 separate corporations, and acted in concert with the Joint Commission, to compel physicians to spend enormous amounts of time and money to comply with Defendent's proprietary ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC).© There is no justification for requiring the purchase of Defendant's product as a condition of practicing medicine or being on hospital medical staffs, yet ABMS has agreed with others to cause exclusion of physicians who do not purchase or comply with Defendent's program. Defendent's program is a money-making , self-enrichment scheme that reduces the supply of hospital-based physicians and decreases the time physicians have available for patients, in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act."Read the whole complaint because there's more. Physicians interested in supporting this effort should consider contributing to the American Health Legal Foundation.