MOC Talk Movie and Updates

So I updated the MOC Talk Video and it’s now a movie, though admittedly it’s essentially the same show aired on April Fools’ Day. However, it has a little noncopyrighted music, the powerpoint slide set is embedded (though it’s added rather than coordinated with the rest of the presentation), and one of the debaters has developed a small problem with bowel gas. You’ll need to turn up the volume to detect it and you’ll also want to see the movie full screen.

In other news, I just learned from the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) that:

SF 402:  This bill prohibits the closure of the two mental health institutes prior to June 30, 2015 until a plan is in place to address the needs of those patients and bed capacity in those areas.   In addition, it requires these facilities to continue to accept patients.  IPS is registered in support of the bill which is in the House Appropriations Committee.

Among the bills that “Died in the Funnel” meaning that they will not be considered for the remainder of the legislative session (I think). According to the IMS message, “To remain alive, a bill must have passed one chamber and a committee in the other chamber.” If I’m not mistaken the following bill will not go to the governor to be signed into law (yet?):

SF 273: interstate medical compact

And a couple of MedPage articles I left a comment on are probably worth mentioning:

The highlight from Dr. Teirstein is that, regarding whether hospitals will accept certification from the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS): We are presenting to committees now throughout the country. It’s probably a 4-month process. We have not gotten approvals yet. We’ve gotten a lot of support. It has to go to committee after committee, and the hospital lawyers are getting involved. It takes some time. I expect the hospitals to approve it.

I have not heard from Dr. Renee Binder of the University of California San Francisco, and president-elect of APA in a while, so it was nice to hear from her about MOC: “Its not evidence-based, and it’s very cumbersome,” and “It means well but it doesn’t mean anything.”

And so it goes…