At the State and Local Level: ACG Active on State MOC Legislation

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    As ACG has kept you aware in recent policy alerts, the College is actively working with various state medical and GI societies in pursuing legislative efforts prohibiting onerous and unfair maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements.  The College believes in lifelong learning, but not lifelong testing.  Stay tuned as ACG continues to work with more state medical and GI societies on MOC legislation.

    ACG Members in Texas:

    The Texas State Legislature is currently considering legislation stipulating that a physician’s initial board certification is sufficient for the purposes of licensure, employment, reimbursement, or admitting privileges at a hospital. While physicians are not required to complete MOC as a condition of licensure, many hospitals, employers, and public and private payers require MOC, thereby creating a de facto and burdensome mandate on ACG members. Please spread the awareness for this important MOC legislation going through the Texas state legislature.  ACG is working with the Texas Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (TSGE) in helping to get this bill passed.  We need your help!

    Please email Sen. Dawn Buckingham, MD and express your thanks for introducing SB 1148!

    Please email Rep. Greg Bonnen, MD and express your thanks for introducing HB 3216!

    The bills:

    SB 1148: Relating to maintenance of certification by a physician or an applicant for a license to practice medicine in this state

    HB 3216: Relating to maintenance of certification by a physician or an applicant for a license to practice medicine in this state

    ACG members in Tennessee: ACG is working together with the Tennessee Medical Association in advocating for legislation that prohibits maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements by insurers as well as for state licensure.  State Senator Richard Briggs and State Representative Ryan Williams have introduced bill SB 298/HB 413.  We need your help.   Please express your support!

    ACG Members in Massachusetts:  ACG is working with the Massachusetts Gastroenterology Association in garnering support for a bill prohibiting the Board of Registration in Medicine, insurers, and facilities from requiring physicians to maintain national board certifications as a condition for state licensure, credentialing, or contracting purposes.  We need your help.  Please contact Massachusetts Rep. Diana DiZoglio and express your thanks for introducing H.2446 (an Act relative to maintenance of certification).

    Remember to contact your ACG Governor on important state and local issues impacting you and your practice.

    The ACG Board of Governors is one of the most unique aspects of the American College of Gastroenterology. Governors are ACG Fellows that are elected from the membership of a particular state or region. There are currently 76 Governors across seven different regions in the U.S. and abroad. The Board of Governors acts as a two-way conduit between College leadership and the membership at-large. This helps the College make certain it is meeting the evolving needs of the membership.  Contact your ACG Governor today.

    Daniel C. DeMarco, MD, FACG
    Governor for Northern Texas

    Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG
    Governor for Southern Texas

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