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American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

ABIM Announces Immediate Changes to MOC Program

On February 3, 2015, responding to concerns raised by ASN, the American College of Physicians, and other specialty societies, Richard J. Baron, MD, ABIM President and CEO, announced the following changes (MOC FAQs http://www.abim.org/maintenance-of-certification/moc-faq/default.aspx) to the ABIM MOC program:

Effective immediately, ABIM is suspending the Practice Assessment, Patient Voice and Patient Safety requirements for at least two years. This means that no internist will have his or her certification status changed for not having completed activities in these areas for at least the next two years. Diplomates who are currently not certified but who have satisfied all requirements for Maintenance of Certification except for the Practice Assessment requirement will be issued a new certificate this year.

Within the next six months, ABIM will change the language used to publicly report a diplomate's MOC status on its website from "meeting MOC requirements" to "participating in MOC."

ABIM is updating the Internal Medicine MOC exam. The update will focus on making the exam more reflective of what physicians in practice are doing, with any changes to be incorporated beginning fall 2015, with more subspecialties to follow.

MOC enrollment fees will remain at or below the 2014 levels through at least 2017.

By the end of 2015, ABIM will assure new and more flexible ways for internists to demonstrate self-assessment of medical knowledge by recognizing most forms of ACCME-approved Continuing Medical Education.

To read Dr. Baron’s open letter to ABIM diplomats click http://www.abim.org/news/abim-announces-immediate-changes-to-moc-program.aspx.

How ASN Helps Its Members Meet These Requirements

Examples of How You Can Earn Your Points in Nephrology

Medical Knowledge

Practice Assessment

2015 Note: Although "suspended" (not needed to fulfill MOC requirements for recertification for the next 2 years), MOC points will continue to be awarded for completed practice improvement modules.

Secure Examination
Completion of MOC requires you to pass the secure Nephrology examination once every 10 years. The computer-based exam is offered twice-yearly at proctored, regional testing sites and must be taken before the end of the MOC period.

Patient Safety Requirement
2015 Note: Suspended for "at least the next 2 years."

Patient Voice Requirement
2015 Note: Suspended for "at least the next 2 years."

Go to the ABIM website to learn more about:

  • Fees;
  • Enrolling in MOC;
  • Unlimited/lifetime certificate holders;
  • Multiple certifications;
  • Fellowship and MOC; and
  • More.

How can I earn MOC points through ASN's activities?
You must be enrolled in ABIM's MOC program in order to receive MOC points. You must successfully complete the activity (pass-minimum score of 76%-the Highlights, KSAP, or NephSAP examination or finish the PIM) for ASN to attest to ABIM your successful completion of the MOC activity. Follow the online instructions to request MOC points for the activity.

Can I receive MOC points for MOC-related sessions offered at ASN's Kidney Week (ex: early program entitled "Maintenance of Certification")?
Yes. ASN utilizes ABIM's Learning Sessions during the MOC "early program" as well as NephSAP issues during this program. (Note: In order to claim MOC credit for ABIM modules completed at learning sessions, you must be enrolled in MOC, order the module and submit it online via ABIM's website).

While ASN transmits your data to ABIM, ASN is NOT responsible for your ABIM MOC Status Report. Please be sure to check your ABIM MOC Status Report frequently.

For assistance, contact ABIM Diplomate Services at 1-800-441-2246.

Read the CMS to Include ABIM MOC Program for PQRS Bonus press release

Update and posted March 2015