Although the passage of SB 1148 may be viewed as a victory by those who stand opposed to the concept of MOC, it is a pyrrhic one. Beyond establishing criteria used for board certification, self-regulation also entails setting standards for admission to medical school, determining the content of medical school curriculum, establishing criteria for awarding medical degrees, determining standards for medical licensure, generating voluntary guidelines for acceptable clinical practice, and determining the criteria by which hospital privileges are granted to individual physicians.9 Although directed at MOC specifically, SB 1148 has potential consequences for all of these privileges and weakens the claim to self-regulation by establishing a precedent for additional governmental intervention into the practice of medicine that proponents of SB 1148 may find less agreeable.

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