Dear Richard Baron,
As President and CEO of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and its affiliated Foundation, the ABIM Foundation, you are responsible for public disclosure of IRS tax forms 990 to the public. Those tax forms were due at the IRS office 15 May 2017 for the ABIM's 2016 fiscal year (1 July 2015-30 June 2016).
Where are they?
We want to know.
We want to know because the finances of the ABIM and its Foundation are of paramount importance to us, your diplomates. We believe those finances are the reason we are required us to participate in the ABMS trademarked Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Because of clever regulatory capture through this unproven and monopolistic educational program, your organization is responsible for the ability of one quarter of ALL US physicians to work.
We want to know where our money that we pay for your unproven testing is going.
We want to know how much you paid yourself and your officers.
We want to know your legal expenses.
We want to know if you lobbied last year and how much you paid for it.
We want to know if you purchased another condominium for your organizations.
We want to know how much your paid PearsonVue.
We want to know who were your revolving-door officers that year and how much you paid them.
Right now, seventeen states have brought forth legislation to combat MOC. Doctors are leaving work to testify against the requirement for MOC that has been carefully incorporated to our new payment formula (MACRA) and HEDIS requirements made by the National Committee on Quality Assurance for the nation's hospitals, courtesy to Ms. Margaret O'Kane (who doesn't even hold a medical degree), and her board participation with the American Board of Medical Specialties, of which the ABIM is one of 24 specialty organizations.
We want to know the ABIM's finances because our jobs depend on that information. We want to bring that information before state legislatures so we may objectively and factually highlight your spending.
We will not rest any longer, Dr. Baron.
We want to know and we have the right, by law, to know.
Westby G. Fisher, MD
ABIM Diplomate #127308