(Medical Economics) More than 10,000 physicians have signed an online petition demanding that the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) repeal recent changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process that petitioners say could cost physicians more time and money.
The petition was started March 10 by Paul Teirstein, MD, chief of cardiology and director of interventional cardiology of the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. It argues that recertification and testing once per decade is sufficient. “MOC activities are complex, have questionable value, and detract from more worthwhile pursuits, including patient care and other educational activities, i.e. continuing medical education,” the petition states.
Richard J. Baron, MD, MACP, president and chief executive officer of ABIM, says that the petition raises important issues about the relevance, cost, and time commitment to MOC programs. “We hear from many diplomates who believe lifetime certificates are unfair, and we hear from those who hold lifetime certificates who believe they should not have to do anything in the ABIM MOC program,” Baron says. “Meanwhile, large numbers of internists have chosen to use the new MOC requirements to demonstrate to their peers and their patients that they are keeping up and engaged in ongoing assessment.”