MOC Wars: May The Force Be With You

Today I have a little spare time for a post about (what else?) Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Yesterday was a little busy, judging from the pedometer.

Remember that Psychiatric Times article on MOC I posted about on March 11? The PT editorial staff are calling it “MOC Wars,” even though there are only a couple of dissenting comments–so far.

You really need to read Dr. Boland’s article to get the context for comments below it. Actually, one of my comments might be longer than Dr. Boland’s article, and that was my blog post, which PT staff allowed. Registration is free and I have a high regard for PT. I also respect Dr. Boland’s opinion.

If you have any opinions about MOC, you might consider adding your comments to the MOC Wars. Remember, it’s spring. Weapons are unnecessary. May be the force be with you.

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One thought on “MOC Wars: May The Force Be With You

  1. It has just come to my attention that the Iowa Medical Society Policy Forum discussions have begun. One of them is Policy Request Statement 17-1-01 Maintenance of Certification, which is a directive to take legislative action to ensure MOC is not used in Iowa as an exclusionary tool against physicians.

    This follows the landmark passage of the Oklahoma law in April 2016 prohibiting Maintenance of Certification (MOC) as a condition for physicians to obtain a license, secure employment and admitting privileges at a hospital, and receive reimbursement from third party payers. Kentucky enacted a more limited law in 2016 that prohibits MOC as a condition of licensure.

    Of course, I’m supporting it and urge all Iowa physicians to do so as well who are dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and oppose MOC as a poor model for it.

    I submitted the original proposal for supporting continued lifelong learning and opposing Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) in 2013, which was adopted into IMS Policy as H-275-019: Licensure and Discipline, Maintenance of Licensure.

    I also submitted PRS 14-02 opposing Maintenance of Certification to the Policy Forum in 2014, which was also adopted.

    I think it’s vital to support the principle of lifelong learning and to continue to oppose MOC because it’s a poor model for implementing the principle.


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