Maintenance of Certification

  • MOC is an expensive, time-consuming process that many physicians believe offers no value to them or their patients.

    TMA opposes mandatory maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements for licensing, health plan contracting, and hospital credentialing because:

    • MOC is too expensive. Testing fees and materials, time away from practice, travel, and lost revenue, may add up to more $10,000 for an individual physician.
    • MOC requires physicians to take too much time away from our patients and our families.
    • MOC lacks sufficient research to document the benefits to patient care — In fact, many physicians say the information studied and tested has little applicability to their day-to-day practice.

    Read the TMA Maintenance of Certification White Paper.

  • What Do You Really Think About MOC?

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    As Texas Medicine Today recently reported, leaders of the boards that run the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs have created a commission – the “Vision Initiative” – to develop “a set of recommendations about the future of continuing board certification.”

    The Vision Initiative Wants to Hear From You  
  • What You Need to Know About the Texas MOC Law

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    TMA's new white paper answers many questions on a tough new law that protects physicians from being forced to undergo maintenance of certification (MOC).

    MOC Questions Answered Here  
  • Under Attack, MOC Boards Pledge Changes

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    Facing a revolt among their diplomates – a revolt supported by TMA and state medical societies across the country – the boards that run maintenance of certification (MOC) programs have run up a white flag.

    Will the Changes Be Enough?  
  • New Balance, New Beginning

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    Following the passage of TMA-supported legislation to loosen maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements, Texas is now a national leader in reducing the onerousness of MOC on physicians. What will the new law do once it takes effect at the beginning of 2018, and what could it do to keep more physicians in practice?

    Concerns and Opposition  
  • Texas Strikes Back at JAMA MOC Law Slap

    Just because Texas has a new law to protect physicians against mandatory maintenance of certification (MOC) tyranny doesn't mean the battle is over. This is a nationwide contest now between the specialty certifying boards and the physicians they certify. In the newly enacted Texas law, the boards see a trend that they don’t like — and that they want to stop.

    TMA Wasted No Time Responding  

  • Texas Lawmakers Dramatically Scale Back MOC Requirements

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    The Texas Legislature took a giant step toward lifting the burden of maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements on most Texas physicians by approving Senate Bill 1148. The new law will prevent the TMB from using MOC as a requirement for doctors to obtain or renew a medical license. SB 1148 also bars hospitals and health plans from requiring physicians to obtain MOC for credentialing or contracts, though there will be some exceptions.

    Lessening the Grip  
  • Houston Hospital Denies Physicians Voted to Remove MOC

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    A new law to stop Maintenance of Certification (MOC) oppression against Texas physicians hasn't even taken effect yet, but a Houston hospital is already pushing back against physicians who want to avail themselves of the protections in the TMA-backed measure..

    What Really Happened Here?  
  • Maintenance of Certification Bill Signed into Law

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    Hear TMA Advocacy Vice President Darren Whitehurst detail the maintenance of certification bill (MOC) that Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law.

    How Texas Found Relief  
  • TMA Statement Regarding Maintenance of Certification Bill (MOC)

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    Statements by Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), and Ray Callas, MD, a member of TMA’s Board of Trustees, in reaction to Gov. Greg Abbott having signed Senate Bill 1148 into law on Thursday, June 15. SB 1148 pertains to maintenance of certification requirements for physicians.

    What MOC Lacks  
  • MOC Revolution

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    MOC has long riled the nation's physicians over what doctors say are costly, burdensome, and frivolous programs. Many physicians also question the financial motives of the certifying boards and debate the impact of MOC on patient outcomes.

    Why TMA Pushed Back  

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  • ABIM Reverses Course on MOC Quality Improvement Requirements

    The American Board of Internal Medicine suspended several recent revisions to its maintenance-of-certification quality improvement requirements.

    We Got It Wrong