ABA Has Failed to Stand Up to ABMS on MOC

Friend of IP4PI, Jef Fernley, DO shares his correspondence with the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Esteemed colleagues of the ABA,

You should have left well enough alone. For decades it was believed that being “Board Certified” was actually a hallmark of a quality Physician, something to set himself/herself apart from the rest, something to inspire confidence, a feather in one’s cap, and print on one’s business card.  The field of Anesthesiology has a proud history of independence and innovation.  The ABA used to be a reflection of that. But you failed to stand up to the ABMS on MOC. I think everyone understands that staring a novel multi-million dollar stream of revenue in the face is a very hard thing to reject.  You should have rejected it.  With the absence of any unbiased supportive evidence for MOC, and let’s be realistic, anyone who has a job taking care of patients rather than publishing papers knows that physician quality can’t be measured by any single test, therefore there won’t ever be any such real evidence. Continue reading

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For doctors, 2014 will look like a last stand for the profession

The Best $600 you’ll ever spend.  Guest message from Matt McCord, M.D.

I agree with the healthcare economist Paul Keckley that 2014 is a watershed year for American Healthcare.   “For doctors, 2014 will look like a last stand for the profession.”

http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2014/01/02/headlines-youll-see-in-2014/

2014 will finally provide us an opportunity to demonstrate our real value to the American public.

Barbarians, disruptors, it is time to unite!

The next two crises in American healthcare are cost and access.

Whoever provides the answers to solve those problems will have the loudest voice and most influence.

It is that rare instance where solutions may trump contributions inside Washington. Continue reading