Title of Proposal:

Prohibit Maintenance of Certification in Virginia

On behalf of:

Virginia Academy of Family Physicians

Describe the Idea or Issue:

Maintenance of Certification injects a burdensome, high-cost, bureaucracy into the practice of medicine.

Desired Outcome:

Prohibit hospitals and other entities that have organized medical staff or a process for credentialing physicians as members of staff or employ or enter into contracts for employment with physicians and are required to be licensed from requiring any Maintenance of Certification or Osteopathic Continuous Certification, as defined in the bill, as a condition of granting or continuing staff membership or professional privileges to a licensed physician. Prohibit accident and sickness insurance plans, health services plans, and health maintenance organizations from requiring any Maintenance of Certification or Osteopathic Continuous Certification as a condition of participation or reimbursement for a physician licensed by the Board of Medicine; and prohibit the Board of Medicine from requiring any Maintenance of Certification or Osteopathic Continuous Certification as a condition of licensure to practice medicine in the Commonwealth. 

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Dear VAFP, We as a new specialty lead the country and the medical profession in establishing standards for continuing education.  We need to FIX MOC not eliminate it.  I am proud to have retired having passed my Boards 5 times and know that my patients continued to receive evidence based care as I aged out of my Residency training. We need to improve the process not tell the world we aren't going to do it any more.

Strongly in favor. Maintenance of Certification is just another money-grubbibg, power-cementing ploy by the ABIM et al. No data that it impacts any quality metric or outcome analysis have been convinving.