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September 2014
Education and Resources
Concerns Regarding Changes to MOC Requirements Shared with ABIM
Since the introduction of major changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements in January, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has received a great deal of feedback from physicians and medical specialty groups, including IDSA. IDSA has been working in collaboration with 26 other medical societies to express its concerns about these changes and to encourage ABIM to make appropriate alterations.

The changes in requirements for the ABIM MOC program centered around moving to a more continuous model, requiring physicians to meet standards set by peers on an ongoing basis rather than the previous 10-year cycle. Specifically, the program now requires:
  • All diplomats must meet the requirements.
  • Diplomats must earn 100 points every five years.
  • Some activity is required every two years.
  • Diplomats must complete new modules on patient safety and survey their patients.
In response to written concerns submitted in May by a coalition of medical societies including IDSA, ABIM made a number of adjustments to the MOC program and convened a summit meeting with representatives of the societies to further discuss concerns. To date, ABIM has put plans in place to make the following adjustments:
  • Increase flexibility on deadlines.
  • Add transparency of information on ABIM governance and finances.
  • Broaden the range of CME options for medical knowledge and skills self-assessment.
  • Provide more feedback on individual test scores.
  • Evolve the “patient survey” requirement to a “patient voice” requirement.
  • Reduce the data collection burden for the practice assessment requirement.
ABIM has not provided details regarding the timing of these updates; however, IDSA will continue to work with other medical societies to provide feedback to ABIM and to inform members as we learn more.

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