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    ABIM needs to look in the mirror when discussing lack of trust

     

    That’s right. By renewing their board certification, physicians can block out all the noise surrounding patients and provide them a guaranteed way to restore their trust. With a piece of paper saying you took a test. A test patients don’t understand or rarely even ask about. 

     

    In case you missed it: Physicians take MOC fight to state level

     

    The ABIM continues to ignore a larger issue: the rapidly eroding trust of its membership. Following Baron’s sales pitch, audience members asked questions about ABIM’s executive salaries, spending habits and the $56 million the ABIM “transferred” to the foundation. As one doc put it, “ABIM spends a lot of money. It’s not your money, it’s [physicians’] money.”

    Baron coolly deflected the numbers by stating that the ABIM’s finances are transparent (he’s right; check their website), and stated “we stand on our record at this time.”

     

    Further reading: The man behind MOC defends the program against critics

     

    Doctors are questioning the ABIM’s credibility on a regular basis and at least five more states are considering “anti-MOC” legislation—dropping board-certification as a requirement for things like hospital admitting privileges and insurer participation. The ABIM would be well-advised to do more than stand idly by. 

    Dr. Baron, physicians are using “real news” to criticize your organization, its work and its value. If you are going to point a finger at patient trust as the main culprit hurting physicians, remember the saying that there are then four fingers pointing back at you. 

    Keith L. Martin is editorial director for Medical Economics. You can follow him on Twitter at
    @klmartin_ubm. Do you have trust in the ABIM and maintenance of certification? Tell us at medec.com.

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