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June 2015
Concerned About Changes to the ABIM MOC Program? IDSA is Working for You
IDSA has been working to address your concerns regarding the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. There were several issues raised by IDSA members, along with members of other internal medicine subspecialty societies, regarding the administrative burdens, costs, and the need for flexibility in how points are earned within the MOC program.

Earlier this year, ABIM announced the following changes:
  • Suspend the Practice Assessment (Part 4), Patient Voice, and Patient Safety requirements for at least two years.
  • Change the language used to publicly report a Diplomate’s MOC status on the ABIM website from “meeting MOC requirements” to “participating in MOC.”
  • Update the Internal Medicine MOC exam to focus on making the exam more reflective of what physicians in practice are doing; these changes will be incorporated beginning fall 2015.
  • Promise to keep MOC enrollment fees at or below 2014 levels through at least 2017.
  • Pledge, by the end of this year, new and more flexible ways for physicians to demonstrate self-assessment of medical knowledge through recognition of most forms of continuing medical education approved by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

For the past seven years, IDSA staff have served on the ABIM Liaison Committee on Certification and Recertification (LCCR), a group that meets biannually to discuss issues related to MOC, receive updates from ABIM, and share best practices among specialty societies. This involvement has allowed IDSA not only to maintain a dialogue with ABIM, but also to voice concerns raised by the IDSA membership.

More recently, ABIM hosted a series of meetings to address the modifications to the MOC program. IDSA Board member Thomas Fekete, MD, FIDSA, and IDSA staff attended a meeting in March to discuss with ABIM what “keeping-up” means to physicians. Dr. Fekete subsequently attended an internal medicine summit, coordinated by ABIM in April, to further discuss the evolution of the MOC program.

In addition to changing the MOC program, ABIM is making changes in its governance structure and attempting to engage the physician community. IDSA member Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, FIDSA, recently was named as the first chair of the ABIM Council and chair of the Infectious Diseases Subspecialty Board.

We still have a number of issues of concern related to the MOC program. IDSA is fully committed to continue to work with ABIM on behalf of our members to ensure that your concerns are addressed. As new information becomes available, we will share it with you as quickly as possible. Thanks for your input, and please continue to provide further input as this process evolves.

For more information regarding the MOC changes, please visit the following:

IDSA MOC resources
ACP MOC resources

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