House Bills 4134 and 4135, introduced by Representative Edward J. Canfield, DO, which seek to address some of the challenges that have arisen from the insurance industry's de facto dependence on the flawed maintenance of certification (MOC) process, continued to advance through the legislature this week, passing unanimously out of the Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday, December 11. MSMS member, Meg Edison, MD (Grand Rapids), testified in support of the bill package, highlighting the critical opportunity the legislature has to ease some of the unnecessary burdens being imposed on physicians that have done nothing to improve quality of care or patient safety.
Passage of the bills, which prohibit insurance companies from requiring MOC as a sole condition of reimbursement, and ensure the state does not make medical licensure contingent upon completion of MOC, is a major strategic priority of the Michigan State Medical Society. The swift passage of the legislation has been aided, in part, by an amendment to House Bill 4135, which focuses the thrust of the legislation on those specialties where our state is experiencing the most acute physician shortages, namely the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.
The bills now await further action on the Senate floor, which could come as soon as Tuesday, December 18. We need your continued support to keep the momentum going. Please write your Senator and ask for their support of House Bills 4134 and 4135!