Physicians across the nation are revolting against requirements that they regularly prove their medical skills are up to date — and they’re winning significant concessions, sparking alarm among some critics who fear relaxing the rules could compromise patient care.
The controversy centers around the quizzes, tests, and projects that physicians must complete to demonstrate they’re staying fresh in their fields. Many hospitals require doctors to complete these programs and pass a daylong recertification exam every six to 10 years as a condition for employment.
But thousands of doctors have protested the mandates as a costly and pointless burden. And state legislators are listening.