AMCNO Continues to Monitor the Pending Maintenance of Certification Legislation

As we reported the November/December issue of the Northern Ohio Physician magazine, the AMCNO is monitoring House Bill 273, which would prohibit physicians from being required to secure maintenance of certification (MOC) to obtain licensure, reimbursement, employment or admitting privileges.

The need for MOC is being questioned by physicians across the country, even resulting in the passage of legislation similar to HB 273 in eight states. Physicians supporting HB 273 recently provided testimony questioning the value of the current MOC process and whether it actually measures continuing competency in their specialty. Opponents of the legislation noted that this was not an issue for the legislature to decide, whereas others stated that MOC was an important educational process. The AMCNO has taken this legislation under advisement.

Following a December meeting among its board and representatives of state and specialty societies, coordinated by the American Association of Medical Society Executives, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has issued a statement about the MOC issue. To read the full statement, click here.

The AMCNO will continue to provide information to our members as the debate continues in the legislature.

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