The MSNJ Board took the following actions at its June 2, 2013 meeting.
5. Resolution on the Maintenance of Certification. The Board made the following recommendations.
RESOLVED, That the Medical Society of New Jersey acknowledges that the certification requirements within the Maintenance of Certification™ process are costly, time intensive and result in significant disruptions to the availability of physicians for patient care; and be it further Adopted by Board.
RESOLVED, That the Medical Society of New Jersey acknowledges and affirms the professionalism of individual physicians to self-determine the best means and methods for maintenance of their knowledge and skills; and be it further; Board referred to the Policy & Strategy Panel.
RESOLVED, That the Medical Society of New Jersey communicate to the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) examples of disproportional fees, onerous time requirements and unnecessary fragmentation of commonly recognized specialties; and be it further; Adopted by Board.
RESOLVED, That the Medical Society of New Jersey oppose mandating Maintenance of Certification until such time as evidence-based research demonstrates MOC is linked to improved patient outcomes; and be it furtherAmended by Board.
RESOLVED, That the Medical Society of New Jersey opposes mandating Maintenance of Certification™ in its present form, but reaffirms the need for ongoing CME to meet the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award and demonstrating the commitment to quality patient care; and be it further;
RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the AMA House of Delegates for its consideration. Board referred to AMA Delegation.