During the 2017 American Medical Association House of Delegates (AMA-HOD) meeting in Chicago, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) continued to aggressively engage interested physicians and physician organizations by hosting a forum on the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) issue.
On June 12, 2017, physician representatives from four state medical societies – those from Georgia, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma – shared their experiences in their state legislative arenas. Oklahoma was the first state to have a law providing physician licensure protections from mandatory MOC participation. Georgia subsequently enacted a bill, and, in Texas, a bill is now on the governor’s desk.
While the law differs in each state, there was a common theme of physician unity in addressing the hot-button MOC issue. In Florida, a bill was introduced and then withdrawn as opposition intensified. It was noted that hospital organizations and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) were particularly strong in their lobbying efforts against the bills.
During the forum, more than 100 physician attendees also heard from Meg Edison, MD a Grand Rapids, Michigan pediatrician and Wes Fisher, MD, an internist. Both physicians provided detailed insight into the growing American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) controversy. Attendees also heard that the AMA would soon be releasing model state legislation addressing protections for licensure, insurance reimbursement, and hospital credentialing.
The PAMED-hosted session, held during the last four annual and interim sessions of the AMA-HOD, was led by PAMED President Charles Cutler, MD, and PAMED Immediate Past President Scott Shapiro, MD. Several speakers recognized the strong national leadership role taken by PAMED on the issue.
Learn more about PAMED’s efforts to ensure a
fairer MOC process for all physicians here