Physicians File Lawsuits against Boards over Maintenance of Certification

MOC critics charge specialty boards engage in anti-competitive practices

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Critics have expanded their tactics challenging maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements by filing several class-action lawsuits against the boards that administer MOC tests and programs.

The first of these suits was filed in December 2018 against the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) by four internists who allege they have been harmed by ABIM’s anti-competitive practices regarding MOC.

On Feb. 19, 2019, three physicians in California proposed a class-action lawsuit against the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Board of Anesthesiology, and American Board of Emergency Medicine for antitrust violations. On Feb. 26, 2019, a radiologist in Tennessee filed a