Addressing some of the challenges that have arisen from the insurance industry's de facto dependence on the flawed maintenance of certification (MOC) process, along with ensuring the state does not make medical licensure contingent upon completion of MOC are two of the major strategic priorities of the Michigan State Medical Society. On Tuesday, December 4, we got one step closer to accomplishing those objectives when House Bills 4134 and 4135, introduced by Representative Edward J. Canfield, DO, passed out of the Michigan House of Representatives by a vote of 95 to 13 and 89 to 19, respectively. The swift passage was aided 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 are now poised to see a vote in the Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday, December 11 and we need your continued support to keep the momentum going. Please write the Senators on the committee and ask for their support of House Bills 4134 and 4135!