On the weekend of April 13, 2013, the Medical Society State of New York House of Delegates adopted resolutions in opposition to MOC and MOL.
RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO MANDATORY MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION
Resolutions 165 and 168, Opposition to Mandatory Maintenance of Certification, were combined. A substitute resolution was offered by the Reference Committee and the House added an additional resolved between the third and fourth resolveds. What was adopted reads as follows:
RESOLVED, That the Medical Society of the State of New York acknowledges that the certification requirements within the Maintenance of Certification process are costly, time intensive and result in significant disruptions to the availability of physicians for patient care; and be it further
RESOLVED, That MSSNY acknowledges and affirms the professionalism of individual physicians to self-determine the best means and methods for maintenance of their knowledge and skills; and be it further
RESOLVED, That MSSNY communicate to the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) examples of disproportional fees, onerous time requirements and unnecessary fragmentation of commonly recognized specialties; and be it further
RESOLVED, That MSSNY oppose mandating Maintenance of Certification until such time as evidence-based research demonstrates MOC is linked to improved patient outcomes; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the AMA House of Delegates for its consideration.
RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO FSMB MAINTENANCE OF LICENSURE PROGRAM
Resolution 166 and 167 (Opposition to Maintenance of Licensure) were combined and a substitute resolution was adopted. This is what the HOD adopted:
RESOLVED, That MSSNY oppose any efforts by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to require the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) maintenance of licensure (MOL) program as a condition of medical licensure.