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The Role of Maintenance of Certification Programs in Governance and Professionalism

Paul S. Teirstein, MD1; Eric J. Topol, MD1,2,3
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1Scripps Clinic, Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, Scripps Health, La Jolla, California
2Scripps Translational Science Institute, La Jolla, California
3Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California
JAMA. 2015;313(18):1809-1810. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3576.
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This Viewpoint discusses the maintenance of certification for physicians and the obligations involved, which are mainly unrelated to direct patient care, teaching, or research.

For many physicians, the recent controversy surrounding maintenance of certification (MOC) has been a sentinel event, especially with respect to self-regulation and governance. In recent years, physicians have been saddled with added regulatory burden after burden, compelled by numerous regulatory authorities, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission, and state authorities. These new requirements have substantially increased the administrative obligations of physicians; however, many of these obligations are unrelated to patient care, teaching, or research.

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