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    What one thing about MOC would you change if you could?

    Urology Times reached out to three urologists (selected randomly and asked them each the following question: What one thing about MOC would you change if you could?

     

    “I just recertified this past year, so that’s an easy one to answer. The thing I found really onerous was the data collection. They have you create an Excel spreadsheet of every last thing you do over 6 months: every surgery, every office visit, every urinalysis, every ultrasound done in the office, every injection, and code for it, etc.

    They say, ‘Just transfer it from your EMR—put it right here, boom!’ We weren’t able to do that. I have electronic medical records, but they didn’t sync up, and a lot of the doctors who have been practicing as long as I have are still on paper. It was very expensive, time-consuming, and utterly unnecessary.

    It gave them information about my practice pattern, but I really think it was just data collection for them. Why in the world would they need to know every urinalysis I do? They may need to know the kind of surgeries I do, and my surgical volume. I can understand that, but not every patient visit. It was really irking.

    The examination, the studying up, and reviewing everything—I think that’s good. I didn’t like it, but I think it accomplished its purpose. It brushed me up nicely and I feel better for it. So even though I didn’t enjoy it and it took a lot of time, I think it’s a reasonable thing to do.”

    Frederick Snoy, MD

    Albuquerque, NM

    Next: "There is a lot of pressure and a lot of weight placed on the examinations. A lot of it isn’t necessarily applicable to what we do every day in the office."

    Karen Nash
    Karen Nash is a medical reporter and media consultant based in Monroeville, PA.

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