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Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)

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Westby G.  Fisher, MD, FACC

Musings in the life of an internist, cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist.

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More Legal Trouble for ABIM
Last Thursday, US District Judge Katherine Hayden ruled in favor of Jaime Salas Rushford, MD's motion to sever and transfer his counterclaims and third-party complaint against the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to the District of Puerto R...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Plaintiffs Respond to ABPN's Motion to Dismiss
The recently-filed plaintiffs' Opposition to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology's (ABPN) Motion to Dismiss concisely summarizes the legal issues with Maintenance of Certification (MOC):ABPN sells initial certifications to new doctors to d...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Monday, June 10, 2019

A True Story
From the front line of health care in South Carolina: It had been a long week of consults and surgeries when he received the call. "Doctor, why are you behind on MOCŪ?" "Really, that's none of your business," he said. They threatened to take his p...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Monday, June 10, 2019

MOC's End Game: Physician Data Sales
Provider Information Management (actually Physicians Information Management) is the new digital currency being compiled and sold. ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOCŪ), is the means to keep that physician database current. Meet Phynd Technologie...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Sunday, June 9, 2019

HRS Hears From Its Members on MOC
From the Heart Rhythm Society online forum by a cardiac electrophysiologist: After exploring the web of corruption that supports the ABIM and NCQI (editor's note: actually the NCQA, the National Committee for Quality Assurance), I decided I would ta...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Medical Societies Side with ABIM at the Expense of Their Members
Yesterday in a coordinated blow, the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Society for Cardiovascular Interventions (SCAI), the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) tu...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Bizarre Week of Pro-MOC Activities
"ABIM is disappointed to learn of a lawsuit filed on behalf of four diplomates. The organization will vigorously defend itself, recognizing that doing so will consume resources far better dedicated to continuous improvement of its programs."- ABIM bl...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Grandfathers, Lattes, and the ACC's CMP Pathway
Drs. Kovacs (L), Fisher (C), and Marine (R) discuss MOC and the ACC/HRS Collaborative Maintenance Pathway (CMP) at the Heart Rhythm Society's 40th Scientific Sessions As I head back to Chicago today, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on my exper...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Friday, May 10, 2019

HRS Scientific Sessions 2019: Science or Story-Telling?
I had just left the Opening Plenary Session at the 2019 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Scientific Sessions in San Francisco and was sitting my cup of coffee when he approached me. "So, what did you think?" I wasn't really sure how I should respond, so ...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Physician Plaintiffs Counter ABIM's Motion to Dismiss
Following the Dec 6 2018 filing of a class action antitrust lawsuit against the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) by four internal medicine physicians (that was later amended to include fraud, RICO and unjust enrichment claims), the ABIM fi...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Thursday, May 2, 2019

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