Additionally, according to ABMS, there is evidence that board certification and MOC are associated with higher standards, better quality care, and improved patient outcomes. Certified physicians are also significantly less likely to be disciplined by state medical boards. There is also evidence that physicians participating in MOC provide care at a lower cost, mostly by ordering fewer tests and demonstrating more efficient patient management.
David W. Eisele, MD, Andelot professor of laryngology and otology and professor in and director of the department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and chair of the ABOto MOC Committee, added that MOC is an entirely voluntary process, despite its value. “It isn’t a requirement to practice medicine,” he said. “In fact, even hospitals that require medical staffs to participate in MOC have mechanisms in place that allow non-board-certified physicians to have privileges.”
Furthermore, Dr. Nussenbaum said, “Having a governmental body legislate MOC … threatens professional self-regulation for physicians.”