It had been a long week of consults and surgeries when he received the call.Please help end the abuse.
"Doctor, why are you behind on MOC®?"
"Really, that's none of your business," he said.
They threatened to take his privileges.
He said, "No you can't because I'm relinquishing them now."
They said, "Wait!..."
If only it were that simple. Not all doctors have the freedom to simply quit and walk away. Where would they go? Everywhere, MOC will raise its ugly head. I have commented elsewhere my concerns about throwing out the baby with the bathwater, i.e. eliminating board certification or opening it to anyone who wants to throw together a "board", in the process of eliminating or radically revising MOC. Having thought about this a bit, I cannot see why we cannot maintain the ABMS as the initial credentialing pathway, then do something different to insure doctors stay current. It can't be that difficult.
This MOC saga has irreparably tarnished the ABMS brand. Initial certification is just as bogus as is MOC. Read Grosch's study on initial ABMS for starters. Destroy the ABMS monopoly and allow new organizations to emerge. The first poster displays signs of Stockholm Syndrome, paradoxical loyalty to his ABMS captor. Escape MOC? Move to a state that prohibits it or join a hospital that recognizes NBPAS and stay out of network with insurers as increasing numbers of docs are doing. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
When increasing numbers of doctors quit the patients end up suffering the most. Doctors are not slaves. Nobody has a right to my labor. Practice in a state that bars MOC for employment (hello Georgia, Oklahoma and others I don’t know off the cuff) and from South Carolina to Georgia it’s nothing. Good for you doctor, don’t take the abuse. Walk out.
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