Monday, April 01, 2019

From MOC to CC: Neurosurgeons Fed Hopium

Even the physicians who we trust to do brain surgery can't be trusted to determine their own education or the skills they need to dive into a patient's skull. Instead, the AANS Neurosurgeon says they need is a "paradigm shift" to pay the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) much higher fees and do meaningless bureaucratic busywork annually:
"Obviously, by moving from a 10-year process to an annual process, there will be increased costs to diplomates in order to comply with the new ABMS directives; however, neurosurgery, as a smaller specialty, benefits from having a Board that is revenue neutral, thrives on volunteerism and has worked hard to keep costs as low as possible. These newborn costs are hopefully offset by the CME credits gained and the increased benefit to our patients gained by maintaining best practice standards."
The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) to Continuous Certification (CC) sleight of hand is being sold to neurosurgeons as "hopium." Thousands of dollars in fees must be paid the the ABNS so that neurosurgeons can "hopefully" offset their costs by the CME credits they receive and feel good those dollars benefit their patients.

Unreal.

Welcome to the fight, neurosurgeons.

-Wes

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. How long are we as physicians going to put up paying into this boondoggle? Wouldn't it be great if neurosurgeons a small but powerful group said "up yours" to this nonsense?

Unknown said...

How pitiful their deceipt is now becoming.
We should take them to task for these lies;

"having a Board that is revenue neutral, thrives on volunteerism and has worked hard to keep costs as low as possible."

If the 24 ABMS boards do indeed thrive on volunteerism, are revenue neutral, and work so, so hard to keep costs as low as possible then how is the ABMS a billion dollar boondoggle? Methinks someone is lying.