Sunday, May 4, 2014

Clearing my desktop part 2. Medicine-the ABIM piles on

Two recent articles of interest concern medicine, and specifically how burdens unrelated to patient care continue to accumulate in a cruel fashion.  I want to highlight one quotation from each article. These quotations perfectly echo my sentiments about one particular new aggravation .

The first article can be found here.  The following quotation is in regard to one new initrusion that I and many, many of my colleagues find outrageous. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) continues to ratchet up the monetary and time burden of recertification with no evidence that anyone, aside from the ABIM itself, will benefit: 

  • doctors also face board recertification in the various medical specialties that has become time-consuming, expensive, imposing and a convenient method for our specialty societies and boards to make money."

The second article--also dealing with new cruelties inflicted on physicians who would rather just be providing patient care--is here.  And here is the quotation: 

  • Almost comically, the response of medical leadership—their solution— is to call for more physician testing. In fact, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)—in its own act of hostage-taking—has decided that in addition to being tested every ten years, doctors must comply with new, costly, "two year milestones." For many physicians, if they don't comply be the end of this month, the ABIM will advertise the doctor's "lack of compliance" on their website. 
Physicians would not be up in arms about these dictates from the ABIM if there were any shred of solid evidence that they improved patient outcomes. But there isn't. There is just yet more intrusion on the schedule, budget and sanity of physicians; yet more paperwork.

No comments:

Post a Comment