After exploring the web of corruption that supports the ABIM and NCQI- Name withheld
(editor's note: actually the NCQA, the National Committee for Quality Assurance), I decided I would take a stand against it and not participate in MOC or re-certify with ABIM. I certified with NBPAS and re-certified with them. I truly believe it’s a great organization. I thought perhaps I could influence the situation and force it closer to a breaking point because I practice in a geographically isolated location and if I’m not here treating patients there will be tremendous expense flying/transporting them to the next closest center hundreds of miles away.
I was able to get my hospital system to accept NBPAS as an alternative board certification...for a time. Until BCBS (who answers to the NCQI told the hospital they would no longer pay for my services. I explained to the hospital how board members of ABIM sit on the NCQI board and vice versa. How they profit off physicians through their corruption, how the DOJ has taken a position against ABIM, the class action lawsuits and harm the ABIM is causing physicians and patients alike.
Once there was an economic cost to my opposition the hospital system caved. They said they could no longer employ me if I didn’t re-certify with ABIM. I told them fine, I’ll quit and work as an independent physician seeing only CMS patients (CMS does not require board certification). The hospital told me if I quit they’d revoke my privileges and I’d have to move (it’s the only hospital with an EP lab on the peninsula). So this year, for the first time in 15 years, I didn’t attend HRS. I stayed home and clicked meaningless buttons on my screen to collect the 100 hours of MOC points required to be able to take the ABIM recertification exam. I’ll use my CME time to go to the board review course and learn about what gene mutation is associated with LQT type 6 which I’ll never see in my lifetime rather than HRS which changes my practice for the better every year. This is a cost to patients, it’s not quantifiable, but a cost none the less.
I was happy to sacrifice tremendously for this cause because it’s the right thing to do, but in the end I have a family to support. If we stand alone they will shoot us down, if we stand together we may have a chance. It would be nice if HRS would stand with us. If not them then who and if not now then when.
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