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Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Background
* While physicians are committed to lifelong learning, the
current MOC process is burdensome for physicians.
* The American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS) Vision
for the Future Commission on MOC reform released its final
report and recommendations in February 2019. PAMED Past
President Charles Cutler, MD, MACP, is one of 26 members
who participated in the Vision Commission.
* The report offers recommendations that the ABMS and ABMS
Boards should consider implementing in the near-term (i.e. one
to two years) or within an intermediate timeframe (i.e. less than
five years). Of note is the recommendation that ABMS must
encourage hospitals, health systems, payers, and other health
care organizations not to deny credentialing or privileging to a
physician solely on the basis of certification status.
* On March 12, 2019, the ABMS Board announced a plan to
begin implementing the Vision Commission's suggestions.

employment in the health care field. In her testimony, Dr.
Powers encouraged policymakers to learn what happens
behind the scenes in physician offices, hospitals, and operating
rooms, working with physicians to better understand some
of the barriers that make practicing medicine difficult. Read
Dr. Powers' written testimony here. https://www.pamedsoc.
org/docs/librariesprovider2/pamed-documents/physicianworkforce-testimony-march-2019.pdf?sfvrsn=ebcd449b_2

Next Steps
* PAMED will continue to ask legislators to support proposals
that seek to return clinical autonomy to physicians so that they
can do what is right for patients.
The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society invites
physicians to attend its Physician Resiliency Summit on June 5,
2019, at the Eden Resort in Lancaster, Pa. There is something for
everyone! Physicians will hear from nationally regarded speakers
in the field of physician wellness, addressing concerns affecting
physicians at all career stages. Learn more and register at www.
foundationpamedsoc.org/summit.

Current Status
* On a webinar hosted by AAMSE on April 1, 2019, Dr.
Richard Hawkins of ABMS shared that all 24 ABMS Boards
have committed to identifying alternatives to the high stakes
exams and having alternatives identified by the end of 2019 so
that the alternative options are in place by 2020.

Next Steps
* PAMED continues to explore possible legislative solutions to
ensure that the MOC process is fair for all physicians.

Stay up to date at
www.pamedsoc.org/MOC.
Physician Wellness
Background
* PAMED believes in improving the practice environment
for physicians in Pennsylvania. State legislators can help by
recognizing the factors that often lead to "physician burnout"
and work to resolve them, or at the very least, lessen their impact.

A Look Ahead
* ASC Tax: We can expect that the budget will take up a great
deal of legislative time during the session between now and
June 30. Gov. Tom Wolf 's 2019-2020 state budget proposes
a provider tax on ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and
endoscopy centers to generate $12.5 million on an annual basis.
PAMED supports specialty societies in opposing this tax by
urging members to contact lawmakers to oppose, stating that
this tax will drive up health care costs and put surgery centers at
risk of closing. Read a coalition letter sent to state legislators on
March 29, 2019.
* PAMED's Bill Tracker: Our new Bill Tracker/Legislative
Update page allows members to stay up to date. You can access
it at www.pamedsoc.org/BillTracker. You can also stay up to
date via PAMED's Bills on the Hill Blog at www.pamedsoc.org/
BillsontheHill.

Stay up to date on PAMED's
legislative priorities
at www.pamedsoc.org/Advocacy.

Current Status
* On March 12, 2019, PAMED President Danae Powers, MD,
provided written and oral testimony with state Representatives
at a Pa. House Health Committee hearing on barriers to
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