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Oklahoma Protects Physicians and Passes Bill SB1148

On April 12, 2016 Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin approved bill SB1148 to become effective November 1, 2016.

This bill protects physicians from onerous tasks associated with the MOC process. Two specific sections are outlined below:

Section 1-G.
Nothing in the Oklahoma Allopathic Medical and Surgical
Licensure and Supervision Act shall be construed as to require a
physician to secure a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) as a
condition of licensure, reimbursement, employment or admitting
privileges at a hospital in this state. For the purposes of this
subsection, “Maintenance of Certification (MOC)” shall mean a
continuing education program measuring core competencies in the
practice of medicine and surgery and approved by a nationally recognized
accrediting organization.

Section 2-D.
Nothing in the Oklahoma Osteopathic Medicine Act shall be
construed as to require an osteopathic physician to secure an
Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) as a condition of
licensure, reimbursement, employment or admitting privileges at a
hospital in this state. For the purposes of this subsection,
“Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC)” shall mean a continuing
education program measuring core competencies in the practice of
medicine and surgery and approved by a nationally-recognized
accrediting organization.

View full bill here (On the site, click ‘versions’ then the link for ‘final version’ will be for a PDF of the bill):
http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=SB1148

We at the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons support this measure and want to encourage you to get involved. We recommend that you write your local senator and ask for a similar bill to be passed in your home state.