Doctors Facing New Requirements for Maintenance of Certification
According to a recent article 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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