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

Click here to email House and Senate leaders to schedule hearings and a vote to Stop MOC (HB81/SB 628)
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Dear Speaker Corcoran and Senate President Negron and key leaders in the Florida legislature,

Florida patients need your help. They are being denied access to the doctor of their choice because of onerous and unnecessary "Maintenance of Certification" (MOC) programs imposed on their physicians. Hospitals are mandating participation in MOC for a doctor to work in that hospital. Insurance companies are beginning to mandate participation as well throughout the country and we need to protect Floridians from this practice. HB81/SB628 would stop mandated MOC in Florida, protecting access to care.

We ask that you ensure that HB81/SB628 be scheduled soon in appropriate committees and for floor votes. Politics appears to have interrupted proper consideration of these widely supported bills. Florida doctors overwhelmingly oppose continued participation in MOC programs, with over 90% finding it lacks merit for medical practice.

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. 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 allowing any needed hearings and a vote on HB81/SB628 before the end of the 2018 legislative session.

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.

richard.corcoran@myfloridahouse.gov; negron.joe@flsenate.gov; young.dana@flsenate.gov; steube.greg@flsenate.gov; grimsley.denise@flsenate.gov; simpson.wilton@flsenate.gov; braynon.oscar@flsenate.gov; flores.anitere@flsenate.gov; jeanette.nunez@myfloridahouse.gov; Julio.Gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov; Ralph.Massullo@myfloridahouse.gov; Ray.Rodrigues@myfloridahouse.gov; janet.cruz@myfloridahouse.gov; dmckalip@neuro3.net; Bobby.DuBose@myfloridahouse.gov; james.grant@myfloridahouse.gov;Travis.Cummings@myfloridahouse.gov

2.     Paste into Subject –    Please Act to Stop Mandated MOC (Schedule Vote on HB81/SB628)

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

Dear Speaker Corcoran and Senate President Negron and key leaders in the Florida legislature,

Florida patients need your help. They are being denied access to the doctor of their choice because of onerous and unnecessary "Maintenance of Certification" (MOC) programs imposed on their physicians. Hospitals are mandating participation in MOC for a doctor to work in that hospital. Insurance companies are beginning to mandate participation as well throughout the country and we need to protect Floridians from this practice. HB81/SB628 would stop mandated MOC in Florida, protecting access to care.

We ask that you ensure that HB81/SB628 be scheduled soon in appropriate committees and for floor votes. Politics appears to have interrupted proper consideration of these widely supported bills. Florida doctors overwhelmingly oppose continued participation in MOC programs, with over 90% finding it lacks merit for medical practice.

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. 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 allowing any needed hearings and a vote on HB81/SB628 before the end of the 2018 legislative session.

Respectfully,

 

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