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ABMS Statement on US DOJ Response to Proposed Maryland Legislation

On September 18, 2018

In its letter, DOJ affirms that hospitals and health plans should be free to set their own quality standards and admonishes that any legislation to prevent consideration of MOC would diminish free, open, and fair competition among legitimate certifying bodies and might itself have anti-competitive effects. The DOJ acknowledges the value to consumers and health systems of “certifying that a provider has demonstrated a certain level of training, testing, or experience over and above other providers.”