For many physicians, the recent controversy surrounding maintenance of certification (MOC) has been a sentinel event, especially with respect to self-regulation and governance. In recent years, physicians have been saddled with added regulatory burden after burden, compelled by numerous regulatory authorities, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission, and state authorities. These new requirements have substantially increased the administrative obligations of physicians; however, many of these obligations are unrelated to patient care, teaching, or research.
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