DOJ Division of Antitrust Addresses Maintenance of Certification in Letter to Maryland House of Delegates

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2019

stethoscope_book_CMEOn Sept. 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antirust Division sent a letter to the Maryland House of Delegates with its views on a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) bill under consideration during the state’s 2018 legislative session. The DOJ’s letter was a response to a request from Delegate Dan Morhaim, MD, who served as a Maryland delegate from 1995-2018 and is a Board member of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons.

The letter addressed whether the American Board of Medical Specialties' MOC program may harm health care competition. Read the DOJ’s letter.

“The Division recommends that Maryland explore ways to promote competition in specialty board certification without unnecessarily interfering with individual business decision-making,” the letter concludes.

Related Resources

On Jan. 15, 2019, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) submitted a comment letter concerning the ABMS Vision Commission’s draft recommendations for MOC reform. Read PAMED’s letter.

You can find PAMED’s MOC news and updates online at

PAMED is committed to and will continue to advocate for practical, evidence-based, and affordable life-long learning.


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  2. Steve Karp | Feb 18, 2019
    As if hospitals and medical insurers aren't highly regulated by the government. The letter makes it seem as if there is little government interference with these entities. DOJ should be investigating ABMS, it's funding, spending and cozy relationship with hospitals and medical insurers.

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