State Legislation on Physician Maintenance of Certification

State legislatures are abuzz with legislation concerning maintenance of certification, with varying levels of success.

Legislation enacted

- Georgia prohibited the use of MOC in licensure, insurance reimbursement, and employment.​
Texas passed similar legislation, with less restrictive provisions leaving hospital privileges in the hands of medical staff.
- In 2016, Kentucky and Missouri prohibited the use of MOC to deny licensure; in 2017, Maryland did the same.
In 2016, North Carolina passed a bill stating: “The [North Carolina Medical] Board shall not deny an application for licensure based solely on the applicant’s failure to become board certified.”
Tennessee passed a bill that prevents MOC from being required for state licensure. As introduced, it would have prevented hospitals from denying admitting privileges and insurance companies from denying participation in a network based on MOC participation. The bill was amended to create a task force of legislators to study MOC as it relates to these topics.

Bills introduced

- Missouri restricted the use of MOC in licensure last year, but this year an attempt to restrict insurance companies and hospitals from considering MOC in creating networks or staff privileges did not pass.
Similar legislation was introduced this year in Alaska, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island without passing, generally not making it out of committee.

July 2017 (Vol. 9, Number 6)