ABIM Extends Suspension of MOC Program’s Practice Assessment Component

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), which has come under a great deal of fire over the past two years from the internal medicine and subspecialty community for its policies and requirements, moved to extend its decision not to require internists to complete several portions of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program for another two years to help these health-care providers keep their certification status. Physicians now have through the end of 2018 before their certification status will change if they have not completed activities in the Practice Assessment, Patient Voice, or Patient Safety components of the program.

The decision stemmed from feedback from the internal medicine community, according to Richard Baron, MD, the president and chief executive officer of ABIM. “We have heard from many stakeholders that it is good for patients when physicians regularly evaluate and improve the quality of their care,” Dr. Baron said in a news release from the organization, “but we have learned there are a myriad of ways physicians do this today, and that our MOC program should credit clinically meaningful activities.”

Physicians are still required to pass an examination every 10 years, earn 100 MOC points every five years, and complete some MOC-related activities every two years to maintain board certification. ABIM is also working with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to establish other means of continuing medical education activities that count toward MOC requirements.

Source: ABIM press release, December 26, 2015.