Collaborative Maintenance Pathway

A New MOC Assessment Option Has Arrived! The Collaborative Maintenance Pathway

WHAT is the Collaborative Maintenance Pathway (CMP)?

ACC and ABIM are providing a new option to offer cardiologists more choice, relevance and convenience in meeting the assessment requirement of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.  The shared goal is to continually improve all educational and assessment processes for physicians to stay current in knowledge and practice – ultimately in the service of better patient care.

This assessment option, called the Collaborative Maintenance Pathway, integrates lifelong learning with assessment.

The CMP will be available for the following specialties in 2020:

  • Cardiovascular Disease (delivered through ACCSAP)
  • Interventional Cardiology (delivered through CathSap, which is developed in collaboration with SCAI)
  • Clinical Cardiac Arrhythmias & Electrophysiology (delivered through EP SAP, which is developed in collaboration with HRS)
  • Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology (delivered through Heart Failure SAP, which is developed in collaboration with HFSA)

6 Steps to Participating in the CMP in 2020
Click on each step below to learn more.

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Be sure you use the latest versions of ACCSAP and CathSAP to participate in the CMP! ACCSAP 9 and CathSAP 5, which were released in 2016 and 2017, do NOT offer the CMP.

  WHO Can Participate in the CMP?
  WHO Can Participate in the CMP?

You can participate in the Collaborative Maintenance Pathway (CMP) if:

  • You are currently certified by ABIM.
  • It is offered in your specialty. The CMP will be available for the following specialties in 2020:
    • Cardiovascular Disease (delivered through ACCSAP)
    • Interventional Cardiology (delivered through CathSAP, which is developed in collaboration with SCAI)
    • Clinical Cardiac Arrhythmias & Electrophysiology (delivered through EP SAP, which is developed in collaboration with HRS)
    • Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology (delivered through Heart Failure SAP, which is developed in collaboration with HFSA)
  HOW Does the CMP Compare to the ABIM’s Knowledge Check-In and the traditional MOC exam?
  HOW Does the CMP Compare to the ABIM’s Knowledge Check-In and the traditional MOC exam?
  CMP Performance Assessment
(new yearly assessment)
Knowledge
Check-In

(new 2-year assessment)
Traditional
MOC Exam

(enhanced 10-year exam)
Required Frequency Yearly Every 2 Years Every 10 Years
Location At home or workplace At home, workplace or test center Test center only
Available in

Cardiovascular Disease

Interventional Cardiology

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

(other specialties coming later)

Cardiovascular Disease

Interventional Cardiology

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Cardiovascular Disease

Interventional Cardiology

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

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Additional Information About the CMP

  WHEN should I start participating in the CMP?
  WHEN should I start participating in the CMP?
  • You are not required to do anything before the year your assessment is due.  As long as you take the Performance Assessment and pass it in the year your current certificate expires, you will be counted as maintaining your certification.
  • There are several reasons that you may want to consider enrolling in the CMP BEFORE the year your assessment is due:
    1. You can gain experience taking Performance Assessments without the stress of achieving a passing score by participating in the CMP before the year you are due.  Participation in the CMP prior to your due date does not change your due date.  You are not required to pass a Performance Assessment until the year your assessment is due.
    2. In addition to helping you become familiar with the Performance Assessment, ACCSAP will also provide you with all of the CME and MOC Medical Knowledge (Part II) points that you need each year. 
    3. If you decide that you would prefer to take a different assessment option (such as ABIM’s traditional 10-year exam or Knowledge Check-In), you may use ACCSAP as a study tool.
   What does “no consequences” mean for the CMP?
  What does “no consequences” mean for the CMP?
  • 2020 is a “no consequences” year for Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology and Heart Failure, which means you will be considered as maintaining your certification as long as you participate in both the engagement and performance components of the pathway. If you are successful on the CMP Performance Assessment in 2020, it will count as a pass. If you are not successful and your exam was due in 2020, there will be no change to your certification status and you can continue to participate in the CMP. In 2021 and beyond, you must pass either the first or second offering of the Performance Assessment to be considered as maintaining your certification.
  • A ‘no consequences” year doesn't mean you can skip the assessment. If you skip it, and your certification expires in 2020, your status will change to Not Certified.
  • In addition to meeting other certification requirements, physicians with certifications expiring in 2020 will need to take one of the three available MOC Assessment Options or they will no longer be certified. Available options include the ABIM 10-Year Traditional Exam, the ABIM 2-Year Knowledge Check In, and the CMP Performance Assessment.
  Besides meeting the Performance Assessment requirement, does participating in the CMP also fulfill ABIM’s MOC requirements?
  Besides meeting the Performance Assessment requirement, does participating in the CMP also fulfill ABIM’s MOC requirements?

Over time, continuous engagement with the annual CMP will earn you more than enough MOC points to meet the MOC 100-point requirement every five years.  However, if your 5-year MOC points requirement is due within the next 2-3 years, additional points may be necessary.  This would all depend on how many points you have already accrued when you enter the pathway. ACCSAP offers a total of 160 CME/MOC points, so you may need to claim MOC points for topics above and beyond the topic(s) that are the focus of that year’s CMP. 

Be sure to check your ABIM physician portal to see your specific circumstance.  If you are maintaining certification in Interventional Cardiology, please note that the 5-year attestation requirement also remains in place. 

   What is the total cost to participate in the CMP?
   What is the total cost to participate in the CMP?

Participation in the CMP involves two separate costs:

  • ABIM annual cost to participate in MOC*
    • $128 per year if you pay BEFORE the year due
    • $160 per year if you pay IN the year due
    • $180 if you pay AFTER the year due

*Paid directly to ABIM regardless of the MOC option you choose

  • SAP purchase, which gives you 5 years of access to all learning and assessment materials**
    • $1,500 for an ACC Member
    • $1,900 for a Nonmember
    •  $900 for Fellows in Training or Emeritus Members

**Paid directly to ACC for access to all CME learning content plus the option to participate in the CMP.