FSMB President’s MOC Status In Doubt?

I recently saw the post on the IP4PI web site expressing questions about the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) status of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) president, MOC/OCC Status of FSMB President | IP4PI – Independent Physicians for Patient independence. I have no idea whether FSMB president, Dr. Humayun Chaudhry, DO, is participating in the MOC process or not.

However, if there is a valid question about his MOC status, it leads me to wonder if this presents a double standard to physicians who are being told by the FSMB that state medical boards are in the process of implementing Maintenance of Licensure (MOL). Because MOL essentially links a doctor’s medical license to participation in a process like MOC, unless they can show they’re compliant with it, they can’t get a license to practice medicine in their respective states.

In my opinion, based on my reading of the on-line documents of various state medical boards and state medical societies, there is no sweeping mandate to implement MOL in the near future (I Know What You Don’t Want – The Practical Psychosomaticist; Roll Call for MOL? – The Practical Psychosomaticist).

I think physicians everywhere in America could rightfully ask for clear evidence that the FSMB president is practicing what he preaches. The impression that he may not be doing that does not support the credibility of either MOC or MOL processes, to which thousands of physicians object, which interferes with patient care, and which still  has no clear evidence base supporting their effectiveness in improving patient care outcomes.

This news comes close on the heels of the discovery that the FSMB is currently the subject of an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance regarding questions about the organization’s role in financial relationships with opioid manufacturers, Update on the Senate Investigation of the FSMB – The Practical Psychosomaticist.

I think it makes sense for the FSMB to either explain why publicly available information tends to  cast doubt on the motivation of its leaders regarding its promotion of MOC and MOL–or abandon all attempts to promote them.

I also believe member state medical boards and the American Medical Association have the right to question the FSMB about their activities regarding MOL, specifically. We look to our leaders to ask the hard questions on our behalf and to frankly disseminate what they learn to rank and file physicians everywhere who are trying to provide the best care for their patients.

For my part, if I knew that my leaders were talking frankly and openly with each other and with us about these issues, I would feel much less like a puppet of the “Certification Industrial Complex” regime.

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