The American Board of Internal Medicine announced substantial changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program and pledged to work more closely with the internal medicine community to improve MOC.
ABIM President and CEO Richard J. Baron, MD, MACP, acknowledged in a letter that they “got it wrong” and need to gather more input on the MOC program from practicing clinicians to ensure that it reflects what physicians are doing today in their practices. “We launched programs that weren’t ready and we didn’t deliver an MOC program that physicians found meaningful. We want to change that.”
Over the next few months, ABIM will work with a variety of organizations and the physician community to seek input on the MOC program through meetings, webinars, forums, online communications channels and surveys. Their goal is to embrace the value of physician engagement in quality improvement and to use this opportunity to improve the MOC program by embedding it more successfully in the lives of physicians.
Effective immediately, ABIM is suspending the Practice Assessment, Patient Voice and Patient Safety requirements for at least two years. ABIM will update the Internal Medicine MOC exam starting in fall 2015 to make the exam more reflective of what physicians in practice are doing. MOC enrollment fees will remain at or below the 2014 levels until at least 2017. And ABIM will start recognizing most forms of ACCME-approved CME as a way for internists to demonstrate self-assessment of medical knowledge, greatly increasing the types of CME activities that can be applied to MOC.
Click here to read the letter from ABIM.