As you may be aware, the (anti-)Maintenance of Certification legislation (see House Bill HB 413) and Senate Bill (SB 298) is on the calendar on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Commerce and at 3:00 p.m. in House Health Subcommittee. This legislation is highly contested and being opposed by both hospitals and insurance companies. TMA is working hard to get this legislation passed, but they need your help!It is time to turn your gaze away from that computer screen and rise up!
We need you to come to the hearings on Tuesday to show legislators that PRACTICING physicians are firmly AGAINST making the unproven, time-consuming, and distracting ABMS Maintenance of Certification program a requirement to practice medicine in Tennessee. Having physicians in the hearings may mean the difference in what happens with this bill in the committees on Tuesday. As the bill is highly contested, the outcome is unknown. It may be amended and passed out, or it may be put off until next year. Without physicians in the hearings, they will not go well. The legislators need to see physicians present supporting this bill and following it closely.
When: Tuesday - Senate Commerce at 1:30pm in LP 12
House Health Subcommittee at 3:00pm in LP 30
If you have any questions about this or if you are able to attend, please let me know, and if you haven't already, please contact your representative and senator and let them know you support this bill. https://www.votervoice.net/TNMA/campaigns/50846/respond
Thank you for your help,
Nikki Ringenberg, MPA
Senior Director of Membership and Grants
Nashville Academy of Medicine
3301 West End Ave, Ste 100
Nashville, TN 37203
Practicing physicians' right to work is being compromised by the inclusion of the ABMS MOC requirement in state legislatures across the country.
Physicians need to alert their colleagues in Tennessee and elsewhere about this effort to restrict the practice of medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties and Federation of State Licensing Boards. Practicing physicians are not against continuing education, but against the corruption that the ABMS Maintenance of Certification program represents and it's anti-trust implications it has to the practice of medicine.
It is time to save the practice of medicine and physicians' ability to act autonomously on behalf of our patients without the threat of unnecessary corporate intrusions into health care delivery.
There is not much time for us to mobilize. Please spread the word.
Addendum: Thanks to Meg Edison, MD for her letter to circulate: http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5a9a08b64c48d493e89cb8192&id=5fb2b96d5c