PAMED Hosts Forum to Share Updates on Improving the MOC Process

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2018

Pa-Delegation-November-2018The Pennsylvania delegation to the 2018 AMA Interim Meeting sponsored a forum on Nov.12, 2018, to bring participants up to date on the latest activities regarding the process of improving the current Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process.

The Pa. delegation has been hosting these events at AMA annual and interim meetings for the past several years.

Pa. Delegation Chair and PAMED Past President Scott Shapiro, MD, opened the meeting by reminding participants that Pennsylvania remains committed to the importance of lifelong learning. Dr. Shapiro affirmed the Pennsylvania delegation’s desire to continue to work collaboratively with all stakeholders in an effort to improve and address the concerns of physicians regarding the MOC process. He also explained that meaningful results must be seen, and he stressed that next steps would have to include a review of alternatives if progress can’t be made.

More than 70 attendees heard from three speakers: Renee Augustine, Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General Department of Justice; Richard Hawkins, MD, President and CEO, American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS); and Paul G. Mathew, MD, DNBPAS, FAAN, FAHS, National Board of Physicians and Surgeons.

Renee Augustine provided a balanced discussion that outlined both the areas that certification programs can run afoul of federal anti-trust laws as well as the benefits of such programs. She was careful to stress that the Department of Justice has made no determination regarding whether ABMS and its current practices create any anti-trust concerns. Ms. Augustine urged the attendees to review ABMS’ most recent letter to Maryland regarding recent questions.

Dr. Mathew emphasized that the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons is supportive of MOC as an initial certification process but feels there can be other alternatives besides ABMS.

Dr. Hawkins said that ABMS is committed to moving forward in a collaborative manner and believes the dialogue needs to continue. He outlined ABMS’ view of the letter from DOJ to Maryland.

Dr. Shapiro closed the meeting by affirming Pennsylvania’s commitment to meaningful, positive change to the MOC process.

You can find PAMED’s MOC statement of principles here. 

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