Email House and Senate Committee Members to Stop Mandatory MOC in Florida.

Click here to email key House and Senate Committee members to Stop MOC by voting yes on HB 81/SB 628
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Dear Representatives and Senators,

I am a practicing physician in Florida. I am writing to urge you to vote in favor of Florida House Bill 81 and Senate Bill 628 which are before your House Health Quality and Senate Health Policy Committees. This bill provides reasonable and needed controls to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs that are causing patients to lose their doctors in Florida. The bill would prohibit mandatory MOC for doctors to practice in hospitals, participate in insurance plans and to receive their medical license. 

We urge your support of HB81/SB628 and to vote against any attempt to alter this bill in the amendment process.

Doctors have a long tradition of becoming board certified through a strenuous training and testing regimen at the beginning of their career. However, Certification boards now are churning a $1billion industry my imposing a new "Maintenance of Certification" (MOC) program on doctors. The CEO's of these board routinely make over $500,000 annually and the boards siphon tens of millions of dollars every year from patient care.

MOC forces doctors to take pointless tests, send endless data, take many times more the state-required level of CME and pay thousands of dollars to do so. This is taking valuable time away from patients.

MOC also serves as a means for hospitals and insurance companies to impose medical cookbooks and rationing protocols onto patients, by forcing doctors to participate in MOC. Doctors are being asked to leave hospital medical staffs if they don't participate in MOC. Other doctors are not doing MOC, making it harder for their patients to see them if the insurance company requires it. 

With the continued doctor shortage in Florida, it is important that the legislature take action to ensure doctors remain in practice without undue unfunded mandates.

MOC is the equivalent of asking an attorney to re-sit for the Bar Exam every few years.

The truth is, as demonstrated in this JAMA article , MOC does NOTHING TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF MEDICAL CARE.

Please work to protect patient access to care by voting yes on the HB81/SB628 and preventing any amendment that would meaningfully alter the proposed law to prevent mandatory MOC in Florida.

Respectfully,

(if link does not open up YOUR email program to automatically create an email, follow the three steps below.)

1. Paste these emails in the “to” line of an email.

young.dana@flsenate.gov;  passidomo.kathleen@flsenate.gov; benacquisto.lizbeth@flsenate.gov; dmckalip@neuro3.net; book.lauren@flsenate.gov; hukill.dorothy@flsenate.gov; Hutson.Travis@flsenate.gov; montford.bill@flsenate.gov; powell.bobby@flsenate.gov; james.grant@myfloridahouse.gov; Rene.Plasencia@myfloridahouse.gov; Shevrin.Jones@myfloridahouse.gov; Robert.Asencio@myfloridahouse.gov; Colleen.Burton@myfloridahouse.gov; Cord.Byrd@myfloridahouse.gov; Byron.Donalds@myfloridahouse.gov; Amber.Mariano@myfloridahouse.gov; Ralph.Massullo@myfloridahouse.gov; dmckalip@neuro3.net; cyndi.stevenson@myfloridahouse.gov; Amy.Mercado@myfloridahouse.gov; Newt.Newton@myfloridahouse.gov; Daniel.Perez@myfloridahouse.gov; Cary.Pigman@myfloridahouse.gov; David.Silvers@myfloridahouse.gov; 

 

2.     Paste into Subject –    Vote Yes on HB 81/SB 628 (MOC Control)

3.     Compose an email explaining why –OR- Paste this into an email body (supplement with your own details if you can).

Dear Representatives and Senators,

I am a practicing physician in Florida. I am writing to urge you to vote in favor of Florida House Bill 81 and Senate Bill 628 which are before your House Health Quality and Senate Health Policy Committees. This bill provides reasonable and needed controls to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs that are causing patients to lose their doctors in Florida. The bill would prohibit mandatory MOC for doctors to practice in hospitals, participate in insurance plans and to receive their medical license. 

We urge your support of HB81/SB628 and to vote against any attempt to alter this bill in the amendment process.

Doctors have a long tradition of becoming board certified through a strenuous training and testing regimen at the beginning of their career. However, Certification boards now are churning a $1billion industry my imposing a new "Maintenance of Certification" (MOC) program on doctors. The CEO's of these board routinely make over $500,000 annually and the boards siphon tens of millions of dollars every year from patient care.

MOC forces doctors to take pointless tests, send endless data, take many times more the state-required level of CME and pay thousands of dollars to do so. This is taking valuable time away from patients.

MOC also serves as a means for hospitals and insurance companies to impose medical cookbooks and rationing protocols onto patients, by forcing doctors to participate in MOC. Doctors are being asked to leave hospital medical staffs if they don't participate in MOC. Other doctors are not doing MOC, making it harder for their patients to see them if the insurance company requires it. 

With the continued doctor shortage in Florida, it is important that the legislature take action to ensure doctors remain in practice without undue unfunded mandates.

MOC is the equivalent of asking an attorney to re-sit for the Bar Exam every few years.

The truth is, as demonstrated in this JAMA article , MOC does NOTHING TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF MEDICAL CARE.

Please work to protect patient access to care by voting yes on the HB81/SB628 and preventing any amendment that would meaningfully alter the proposed law to prevent mandatory MOC in Florida.

Respectfully,

 

MOC Battle in Florida Continues. Join the Fight NOW! (11/17)

Go to MOC Action Center to learn how you can act to stop MOC in Florida in the 2018 Legislative Session.

Florida doctors have another chance to outlaw mandated MOC in Florida. HB81/SB628 would ban hospitals, insurance companies and the Board of Medicine from requiring MOC to be part of a medical staff, insurance panel or to gain a license in Florida.

Learn more details in our recent Special edition MOC Newsletter.

Last year, the bill made progress in the House but died in the Senate when the FMA authored and had passed language that deleted the entire bill.  Now the FMA has modified its policy to state they will only seek to stop mandated MOC for licensure, (not for hospital privileges or insurance company contracts). FMA leadership was adamant, in public at the FMA annual meeting in August, that the hospitals should be allowed to force MOC on doctors.

Meanwhile, the Florida AAPS is already engaged in the battle, responding to the CEO of American Board of Pathology’s ludicrous claims that MOC is required to maintain quality of care in the Tampa Bay Times. Dr. Johnson makes over $500,000 a year on MOC. The letter in response was published the next day from the President of the Florida AAPS, Dr. McKalip.

Now is your chance to help.  In the Coming weeks, the Florida AAPS will be asking you to visit Senators in your districts to ask them to pass SB623 and to prevent it from any meaningful change in the process.

Stay tuned to the MOC ACTION CENTER at FLAAPS.ORG!