Doctors Facing New Requirements for Maintenance of Certification

According to a recent articleOff Site Icon from the Wall Street Journal, doctors are facing new requirements in order to keep up-to-date with, and stay certified by, their specialty boards. The American Board of Medical Specialties, which oversees 24 specialty medical groups representing about 80 percent of licensed physicians, has begun in recent years asking doctors to demonstrate more frequently that they are current in their medical knowledge. According to the article, there are several reasons behind this push, including a fast-changing medical world, studies showing that clinical skills deteriorate over time, and that a doctor's overconfidence can lead to diagnostic errors. The article says that those doctors who do participate in maintenance-of-certification activities stand to earn incentive payments from Medicare for participating, and can also earn credit for the state-required courses in continuing medical education.

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