AAPS Sues over Maintenance of Certification


Jane Orient, MD, comments: Many physicians are outraged, not only by the cost -- an expense which must be incurred to maintain certification, but also by the fear that MOC is being advanced as a requirement for hospital privileges, and perhaps even maintenance of licensure. More here. . .

The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) filed suit April 23, 2013, against the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) over their maintenance of certification program. The suit, filed in a New Jersey federal court, alleges that the ABMS is restraining trade and causing a reduction in patient access due to burdensome recertification processes.

Jane Orient, MD, the AAPS' executive director, graciously agreed to discuss the issues with me.