STOP OCC, MOC, MOL: Call to ACTION from Robert Maurer, DO

To ALL concerned osteopathic and allopathic physicians:

This message is urgent. I will try to briefly sum up recent events. My Email list is limited. It is imperative that you spread the word among as many physicians as you can across the country.

Please forward this on to your physician list. Wide distribution is needed for change to occur.

Several of my colleagues have labeled Maintenance of Licensure (MOL), Maintenance of
Certification (MOC), and Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) as essentially EVIL.
Promotion of these mandates will bring about the end of the wonderful and compassionate office based Primary Care Medicine that we and our patients have known for the past 100 years.

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Ezekiel Emanuel is at it again

Comments by Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD on latest editorial in JAMA by Ezekiel Emanuel. JAMA Vol. 310 No. 4 pp. 374-375, July 24/31, 2013

Zeke bemoans the fact that physicians have not yet completely given up in defeat and joined his unsinkable ship, the SS Socialist (new and “improved” version of the Titanic).

Zeke says physicians are “in denial” – i.e. he says physicians are not willing to accept full blame for the spiraling cost of medical care.

Zeke, however, fails to address the major cause of increased costs of medical care – government intervention. Government intervened between the “seller” and the “buyer,” so that neither was concerned about costs because “someone else” (taxpayers) would foot the bill. When neither “seller” nor “buyer” care about costs, costs predictably increase.

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Florida opposes MOC Maintenance of certification

The following resolution was just approved by the Florida Medical Association’s House of Delegates:
“RESOLVED, That the Florida Medical Association opposes any efforts by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine to require the Federation of State Medical Boards, Inc., (FSMB) “maintenance of licensure (MOL)” program, “maintenance of certification (MOC)”, or recertification by a specialty medical board as a condition of licensure in the State of Florida, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Florida Medical Association Delegation to the American Medical Association submit a similar resolution for national consideration.”

A few Points from Paul Kempen, MD, PhD on ABMS Monopoly

1) The ABMS is forcing an unwanted and monopolistic policy on all USA physicians. It is a world village. In the USA there are now multiple NON-ABMS Boards registered as non-profits as per this list from the 2011 990 registry THAT I HAVE FOUND. The ABPS is not event the largest and the ABMS boards all started small. Break the monopoly and form bonds with the other “independents” I know the AOA has “followed suit”with the ABMS, but if they were to go “independent” with a better program-this group alone could ultimately providxe the clinical “machine” to put the ABMS in the background-given the size and scope of THAT organization.

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NJ DOs bring resolution against MOL to AOA

The DO Magazine
News and Features About Osteopathic Medicine
Monday, July 22, 2013
By Carolyn Schierhorn / Staff Editor

AOA House refers contentious resolution opposing maintenance of licensure

The New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons submitted a last-minute resolution to the House calling on the AOA to oppose maintenance of licensure.

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AOA Colludes with ABMS on OCC/MOC Certification and MOL Licensure

The AOA is now in collusion with the ABMS for restriction of trade via MOC OCC MOL per the AOA daily news email:

AOA President Ray E. Stowers, DO, called the AOA Board of Trustees’ Annual Business Meeting to order this morning. In a special item of business to commence the meeting, American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) President and CEO Lois Nora, MD, JD, MBA, gave a presentation on the ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program and how the AOA and the ABMS can work more collaboratively on issues like MOC and Osteopathic Continuous Certification and the future global standards for board certification and patient care. This afternoonthe Board broke into several reference committees to review the resolutions upon which it will vote tomorrow or forward to the House of Delegates later this week. – John Crosby, JD Exec. Dir.

NJ DOs oppose OCC MOC MOL

NJAOPS House of Delegates Approves Resolutions
Monday night, July 15, 2013, A Special Joint Meeting of the NJAOPS House of Delegates and Board of Directors approved two resolutions: “Affordability of Osteopathic Continuous Certification” and “Opposition to Maintenance of Licensure.” The former urges transparency and affordability from the AOA in Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC). The latter would have the AOA oppose Maintenance of Licensure (MOL). Both resolutions have been forwarded to the AOA House of Delegates for special consideration to be included when it convenes Friday morning in Chicago. Click here to read the complete resolutions on the NJAOPS House of Delegates web page.