Like the co-dependent spouse of a raging alcoholic, the American College of Physicians (ACP) continues to support the completely corrupt and untrustworthy American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
In a carefully crafted e-mail to its members, Steven E. Weinberger, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the ACP recently stated:
"We're aware that serious concerns remain about issues related to MOC, expressed most recently in a statement of no confidence in ABIM by the Pennsylvania Medical Society, ACP, along with others, was asked to sign on to the statement. We chose not to because we believe the ACP should continue to press ABIM to improve the MOC process as quickly as possible to make it more relevant, efficient, valuable, and affordable to internal medicine specialists and subspecialists. Although we understand and respect the concerns of the PA Medical Society and others, ACP's priority is improving the process by which physicians demonstrate ongoing competence, and we believe we can have the greatest impact by taking a collaborative approach to making change rather than getting involved in other aspects about ABIM as an organization."
Despite the exposed corruption, illegal lobbying, financial malfeasance, strongman tactics, conflicts of interest, and illegal research performed on physicians for monetary gain, the ACP still choose to side with the Medical Industrial Complex rather than practicing physicians. Rather than siding with their own senior members who are Masters of the ACP, (i.e., Charles Culter, MD, MACP, who has been a outspoken critic and well-respected leader in exposing the ACP's own conflicted role in the physician education and credentialing cartel, among others), the ACP basically is telling their own membership they know what's best for them: MOC.
Then, like a frog leaping from the boiling bath of physician discontent regarding the corrupt and financially-conflicted ABIM MOC program, Dr. Weinberger (like Christine Cassel, MD, former President and CEO of the ABIM) decides to split and toss
the MOC controversy hot potato to his successor, Dr. Darilyn Moyer:
"As many of you know, I am retiring from my position as ACP's Executive Vice President and CEO after Labor Day. At that time, I am delighted to turn over this responsibility to ACP's new EVP/CEO, Dr. Darilyn Moyer. As Dr. Moyer takes over her new position, I know she is as committed as I have been to seeing this process to a successful conclusion. Further updates will be coming from Dr. Moyer, but I will assist her as needed over the coming year as part of my interest and responsibility in assuring a smooth and seamless transition process."
Rest assured ACP members will remember Dr. Weinberger's "interest and responsibility" for supporting the MOC program. I encourage as many ACP physician members as possible to no longer renew your membership with the organization.
After all, it is now clear that the ACP is more about the ACP than its members' real concerns.
That's because their new "ACP Practice Advisor
offers three new modules (author's note: for a price
, of course) that (1) address key attributes and expectations of patient-centered medical homes, (2) are aligned with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's Transforming Practice Initiative and the proposed MACRA rule, and (3) are eligible for CME credit and MOC points."
It's so sad to see that integrity, honesty, and financial transparency in our physician specialty societies are now officially being supplanted by little more than corporate greed as they abandon their responsibility to their members in favor of the virtually unlimited fees they can impose on their membership in the name of "health care reform."