Update: States limit the role of specialty certification
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October 2016 - Passionate physicians have organized state-based campaigns to minimize the role recertification plays in licensing, payment, and employment or admitting privileges. These advocates firmly believe that initial board certification and continuing medical education ensure that physicians stay current and competent.
Responding to physicians' data-driven arguments, including a December 2014 JAMA study showing maintenance of certification (MOC) programs do not improve patient outcomes (JAMA 2014; 312:2348-57), state legislators proposed several new laws in 2016.