Welcome to the MOC Information Hub, which contains details about the American Board of Internal Medicine’s current Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements.
This complex situation continues to be top-of-mind for ACC leadership, staff and most importantly for the ACC members affected by the changes. The ACC’s approach to addressing the changes over the past year has been careful and deliberate — looking for the best ways to help members and their patients in proceeding forward. In these matters headway has been made, and continues to be made, both in terms of working with ABIM to re-evaluate and change their requirements, and also in exploring alternative options to ABIM.
At the most recent Board of Trustees meeting one of the hottest topics was the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) controversial Maintenance of Certification (MOC) policies and how to move forward in a manner that best meets the needs of internal medicine physicians and the patients they serve.
Two ACC Task Forces have spent the last several months identifying how best to work with ABIM on continued changes going forward and exploring alternatives to ABIM MOC accreditation, respectively. Members of both task forces have worked tirelessly to determine the best courses of action for the College and should be commended for their due diligence and thoughtful recommendations.
Coming out of the meeting, the BOT voted on the following five motions:
- ACC Immediate Past President Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, MACC, and ACC Executive Vice President of Science, Quality and Education William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, were appointed as liaisons for continued communications with ABIM.
- The ACC will work with ABIM to develop a new externally validated process for maintenance of competence to replace the 10-year exam.
- The ACC will work with ABIM to research best practices for maintenance and demonstration of competence with eventual linkages to patient outcomes, cost and cost-effectiveness.
- The ACC will support efforts to integrate federally mandated elements related to Part IV and patient experience into existing hospital and practice programs.
- The ACC will continue its work toward an alternative board pending ongoing discussions with ABIM.
Work towards these goals will begin immediately. As always, the ACC's commitment to its members and their patients remains steadfast. Advocating for our members to assist them in the provision of professional, knowledgeable and compassionate care, coupled with demonstration of ongoing competence, will continue to guide our actions and move us forward.
Additional details of MOC changes can be read about on the ACC in Touch Blog.
Check out the links below to learn more about the current ABIM MOC requirements. We will continue to make updates to this information as specific details about the MOC changes become available. For information about your personal MOC status please login to ABIM's website and check your MOC Status Report.