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Ep. 17 Hope in the fight against MOC

Dr. Westby Fisher

Our guest this week is Dr. Wes Fisher who is leading the fight against the American Board of Internal Medicine and its self-serving tactics to force thousands of physicians to comply with the onerous Maintenance of Certification Program. We learn of Wes’ new initiatives that stand a realistic chance of turning the tide against the quasi regulatory monopoly of the board-certifying agencies.

GUEST:

Westby Fisher, MD website and Twitter

LINKS:

GOFUNDME link to raise funds to complete the pre-litigation investigation.

PRACTICING PHYSICIANS OF AMERICA A grassroots organization co-founded by Dr. Fisher.

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5 Comments

  1. K Murray Leisure MD on 08/01/2018 at 8:31 PM

    Risk management actuaries, senior accountants for property and casualty, sued their single certification agency successfully in past decades. Under anti-trust, they secured rights to use certifications from Society of Actuaries and other organizations, plus achieved overseas reciprocity, to break the ACTUARY CERTIFICATION monopoly. Prices dropped, services increased. Competition is the American way. The present ABMS certification monopoly is tyranny for medical and surgical professionals in the USA.

    • Michel Accad on 08/25/2018 at 9:17 PM

      Thanks, this is very hopeful. (Sorry for only posting your comment now, I was not getting notifications properly).

  2. Magdalena Budziakowska on 08/12/2018 at 6:56 PM

    Thank you for fighting the fight.
    I just came across this today and I feel duped. The system is broken!

  3. Leah Houston on 08/14/2018 at 7:57 AM

    This is a real problem- I agree physicians need to do something but I want to argue that the thing preventing physician adoption is not physician apathy…. but physician fear. Fear of getting sanctioned and tied up in litigation- job loss etc…. what can we do to fix that? I appreciate all of your hard work on this ❤️🙏🏽 I feel your pain, and I want to know what else
    I can do to help…. did you speak with Ali Bauman? What about 60 min- would they do a story. I think the patients need to know the real causes of the physician shortage….

    • Michel Accad on 08/25/2018 at 9:22 PM

      Thanks, Leah. I agree that fear is a big factor. I think the press has not been too interested as they view this as a problem for doctors only, not understanding the ramifications. The exception is Newsweek that ran a series of pieces online in 2015. Kurt Eichenwald was the author and his wife is an internist so he had first hand knowledge of the problem. Sorry for late posting, just got notice of the comments in the queue…

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