Last week, Ohio ACEP joined with 10 other Ohio medical associations in action coordinated by the OSMA to oppose the possible implementation of additional maintenance of licensure (MOL) regulations in Ohio. The associations noted that Ohio physicians are already proving their competency through board-required CME hours, government quality measures reporting, credentialing activities and health plan quality measures. The associations suggested that implementing additional MOL requirements would be a waste of the Medical Board’s time and resources.
At last week’s meeting of the Ohio State Medical Board, the medical board voted to suspend further consideration of participation in the Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) pilot project with the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). The medical board will not be pursuing the implementation of additional MOL activities. The current requirement for physicians to complete 100 hours of CME every two years remains in effect and the board encourages licensees to select CME programs related to the physician’s area of practice.
The medical board members commented that they took our letter, and others, into consideration when making the decision to discontinue the MOL discussion. We are appreciative that the OSMA and multiple specialties worked together to voice the opposition to the MOL plans. It is clear that medical board members could not ignore such a strong and unified message from Ohio’s physician community.