Issue Background

Maintenance of Certification

MSNJ remains steadfast in its commitment to continuous improvement in patient safety and healthcare quality. The MSNJ has adopted the following policy statements with regard to the Maintenance of Certification™ process.

1. The Medical Society of New Jersey acknowledges that the certification requirements within the Maintenance of Certification™ process can be costly, time intensive and result in
significant disruptions to the availability of physicians for patient care.
2. The Medical Society of New Jersey will communicate to the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) examples of disproportional fees, onerous time requirements and unnecessary fragmentation of commonly recognized
specialties.
3. The Medical Society of New Jersey opposes mandating Maintenance of Certification™ in its present form, but reaffirms the need for ongoing CME to meet the AMA Physician’s
Recognition Award and criteria thereby demonstrating the commitment to quality patient care.