There will be an American Psychiatric Association (APA) Caucus on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) issues today open only to APA members in San Francisco at the annual APA meeting. One of the jugular issues is the concern about ethical and practical difficulties associated with the Performance in Practice (PIP) activities. Another is the recent lawsuit filed in Federal court by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) challenging the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) MOC. The Caucus is also about developing an action plan for dealing with these issues.
This shows that a significant number of APA members are still actively opposed to the MOC, though I’m sure they continue to support the principle of continuous quality improvement in clinical skills and knowledge in our ability to provide excellent care to our patients. This echoes the 2011 APA elections in which the Referendum opposing MOC would have passed had there been enough voting members, Maintenance of Licensure and Certification for Physicians and the PIP Requirement – The Practical Psychosomaticist.