Why are we asking the fox to watch the ABIM/ABMS henhouse?
In November 2016, practicing physicians passed a resolution 607 at the AMA House of Delegates meeting requesting an independent audit of the ABIM. As my prior post disclosed, the AMA is heavily vested in the ABMS MOC program as a member organization of the ACGME.
The response from the ABIM's corporate communications department was entirely predictable: see the ABIM website.
This is not an independent audit.
Would the ABIM like to explain why they changed auditors? We want to know for ourselves why there is a $13M shortfall this year. Might their investments in the Caymans have fallen short? Did they move those assets offshore to avoid potential tax consequences? Might they have made a few not-so-tiny errors on their behelf, like covering up the existence of the ABIM Foundation for 10 years and using $76M of our testing fees to create the ABIM Foundation by falsifying tax records?
There are a lot of questions to be answered. Why did the ABIM remove their website from the internet archive in 2014 if they were not trying to cover up their activities? Why wouldn't they release their tax forms to main stream media outlets when asked in 2013-2014, and why was the request for those documents only made available via the PA governor's press secretary?
No, the AMA can't bury this one. Either they will hire an independent auditor approved by practicing physicians in America to review tax records from 1990 through the present, or we will be sure to ask the IRS and DOJ to join the investigation on our behalf.
Practicing physicians in America want the truth. All of it. And we will not rest until the activities performed by the ABIM with our finances withstand independent public scrutiny.