House bill 529 (sponsored by Dr. Frederick) originally would have prohibited a hospital from not hiring someone because they were not board certified. We feel board certification is important and believe the hospital should have the choice, which would still allow more rural hospitals to do what they needed to do to adequately staff their EDs. This bill received a lot of pushback by MOCEP and other medical societies. Due to this the bill was changed. It now just states that the State cannot require the hospital to require that physicians be board certified and participate in maintenance of certification. This is basically what the law already says and leaves it up to the hospital to determine if they want their physicians to maintain board certification.