Addressing some of the challenges that have arisen from the insurance industry's de facto dependence on the flawed Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process is one of the major strategic priorities of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS). On Monday, September 10, MSMS -- in partnership with Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS) -- hosted the second in a series of MOC roundtable discussions between physician members and legislators intended to foster discussion on legislation -- House Bills 4134 and 4135 -- and continue to raise awareness around the issue. The early morning event offered a unique opportunity for lawmakers to garner a more robust understanding of the pitfalls surrounding MOC and for physicians to dispel any myths or misleading information that may confound the issue.
Several lawmakers were in attendance for the lively discussion, including State Representatives Donna Lasinski, Ronnie Peterson, Yousef Rabhi, and Adam Zemke as well as Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. The meeting, led by WCMS Legislative Chair Jim Mitchiner, MD, MPH, also featured 15-20 physicians and medical students from around the area and insights from MSMS and Kent County Medical Society (KCMS) member Megan Edison, MD. Meeting participants brought diverse perspectives on the impact MOC has on physicians across the state.
Subsequent roundtable discussions are being planned in September and October in various areas throughout Michigan. If you have any questions about the roundtable series, please contact MSMS Director of State and Federal Government Relations Christin Nohner or MSMS Physician Engagement Coordinator, Amber Dunlop.
Learn more about MSMS's MOC initiative at Right2Care.org; or, contribute to MDPAC.