Majority of Rheumatologists See Minor Value in Maintenance of Certification Programs

Healio (01/07/2019) Laday, Jason

A survey published in Arthritis Care & Research found that about 75 percent of rheumatologists said they saw no significant value in maintenance of certification (MOC) programs outside of what is already gained from continuing medical education. Another 63.5 percent doubted such programs were valuable in improving patient care, while 43.4 percent felt the primary reason for establishing MOC programs was to further the financial well-being of board certifying organizations. "Board certification ... has become involuntary in practice, making participation in [MOC] programs mandatory for many if not most physicians in order to maintain employment, clinical privileges, or reimbursement," note the survey's authors. Nevertheless, 65.6 percent of respondents said that staying up-to-date with new knowledge was a benefit of MOC programs, though 74.6 percent also perceived them as a distraction from patient care. "The medical community in general, and the rheumatology community in particular, needs to address the gradual transformation of board certification and maintenance of certification from a voluntary activity to practically a requirement for many physicians to be able to practice medicine and get reimbursed for services provided," conclude the authors.

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