North Carolina Legislature Passes Law Limiting MOC for State Licensing

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    Joseph W. Kittinger, III, MD, FACG
    ACG Governor for North Carolina

    In early July, the North Carolina state legislature passed HB 728, which, among other provisions, states that the North Carolina Medical Board “shall not deny a licensee’s annual registration based solely on the licensee’s failure to become board certified.”  According to the North Carolina Medical Society, this limits the use of Maintenance of Certification as part of licensing decisions.  This is welcomed news for ACG members in NC.

    In April, the state of Oklahoma passed legislation preventing MOC from being a conditional requirement for state license, hospital privileges, reimbursement, or employment.

    ACG has joined other organizations in calling on the ABIM to do away with unnecessary and excessive lifelong testing requirements:

    “We support the principles of lifelong learning as evidenced by ongoing CME activities, rather than lifelong testing.”

    Follow ACG’s conversation on ABIM here.

    ACG continues to advocate on your behalf at the state level through the ACG Board of Governors.  Fortunately, the unique function and structure of the ACG Board of Governors is a natural fit for these issues, allowing the College to be actively engaged at the state level.

    ACG will continue to update members on this important issue.  Contact your ACG Governor to help get your state involved as well.

    Joseph W. Kittinger, III, MD, FACG

    ACG Governor for North Carolina

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