The MOC Debate Hits Home

Pennsylvania Medical Society

By: Leslie Howell, director of CME, training, and physician leadership programs, PAMED


Rarely does an issue simultaneously instill great passion and considerable angst for physicians at the level that we are seeing for the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS’) Maintenance of Certification™ (MOC).

Most physicians will concede that the expressed intent of MOC is appropriate: to ensure the patient community that physicians are continuing to assess and improve their knowledge and capabilities after graduate medical education (GME) training. It goes without saying that physicians are committed to lifelong learning and continuous improvement. However, this same group also contends that the current processes and practices in place across the various specialty boards are cumbersome, costly, and significantly cutting into their time with patients.
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October 2014 BULLETIN


October 2014 Magazine

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PA Mcare Settlement: $200 Million to Be Returned to Physicians and Health Care Providers

Pennsylvania Medical Society

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) and the Hospital and HealthSystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) have settled our litigation with the commonwealth regarding the Mcare Fund – our appeals of prior assessments and the challenge to the transfer of $100 million to the general fund from Mcare in 2009.

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PAMED held a member-call in on Oct. 22.
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