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"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.
"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.
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A group of osteopathic doctors have filed a class-action lawsuit against the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) seeking to recover millions of dollars in annual membership fees that the doctors allege they have been forced to pay for years to the organization.The AOA forces hefty annual membership fees to the paid to "maintain certification" and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) assures fee payments to themselves by changing lifetime "board certification" to a time-limited credential without proof of patient benefit - both are variations on the same monetary theme.
The money, according to their complaint, is paid as a condition of obtaining and maintaining physicians’ board certification in any advanced medical specialty. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Camden, N.J., contends the requirement that they purchase memberships is illegal, has no reasonable connection to the advanced certification and violates the antitrust laws.