Collaborative Maintenance Pathway

A New MOC Assessment Option Has Arrived! The Collaborative Maintenance Pathway
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You Have Extra Time to Complete Your 2020 CMP Requirements!

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 is available for the following specialties:

  • 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)
  • 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 2020/2021
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  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 is available for the following specialties:
    • 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)
    • 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 meeting your assessment requirement.
  • 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, CMP SAPs will also provide you with an abundance of CME and MOC Medical Knowledge (Part II) points
    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 the CMP SAP as a study tool.
  My MOC assessment requirement is due in 2020 or 2021. When should I take a CMP Performance Assessment?
  My MOC assessment requirement is due in 2020 or 2021. When should I take a CMP Performance Assessment?

Because the CMP for 2020 has been extended into 2021, the Performance Assessments offered in 2020 & 2021 will count toward the assessment requirements for people with certificates due in 2020 and 2021.

  • CMP in Cardiovascular Disease (ACCSAP): If your certificate is due in 2020 or 2021, you must take and pass a CMP Performance Assessment in 2020 and/or 2021. ACCSAP will feature a total of three Performance Assessments during 2020 / 2021, and you may participate in any two of them.

    Please keep in mind that if you want two chances to pass, you must participate in either the first or second Performance Assessment. If you miss or skip them both, then you will only have one opportunity to pass with the third Performance Assessment.

    If you pass the Performance Assessment offered in 2020, you have met your assessment requirement and do not have to do anything else in 2021. To continue with the CMP, you would need to resume your yearly requirements (complete 7 hours of learning engagement and pass a Performance Assessment) again in 2022.
  • CMP in Interventional Cardiology (CathSAP) and Electrophysiology (EP SAP): If your certificate is due in 2020 or 2021, you may take a CMP Performance Assessment in 2020 and/or 2021. Because 2020 / 2021 is "no consequences" for these specialties, you do not have to pass.

    CathSAP and EP SAP will offer two Performance Assessments each: one in 2020 and one in 2021. You may take a Performance Assessment once during each offering.

    If you take the Performance Assessment offered in 2020, you have met your assessment requirement for 2020 or 2021 and do not have to do anything else in 2021. To continue with the CMP, you would need to resume your yearly requirements (complete 7 hours of learning engagement and pass a Performance Assessment) again in 2022.
  • CMP In Heart Failure (HF SAP): If your certificate is due in 2020 or 2021, you may take a CMP Performance Assessment in 2021. Because 2020 / 2021 is “no consequences” for this specialty, you do not have to achieve a passing score.

    HF SAP will offer two Performance Assessments in 2021. You may take a Performance Assessment once during each offering.

    If your certificate is due in 2020, you don’t need to do anything that year. You may begin meeting your assessment requirement with the CMP in 2021.
   What does "no consequences" mean for the CMP?
  What does "no consequences" mean for the CMP?

2020 / 2021 is a "no consequences" year for Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology and Heart Failure, which means you will be considered as meeting your assessment requirement 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 / 2021, it will count as a pass. If you are not successful and your exam was due in 2021, there will be no change to your certification status and you can continue to participate in the CMP. In 2022 and beyond, you must pass either the first or second offering of the Performance Assessment to be considered as maintaining your certification.

"No consequences" doesn't mean you can skip the assessment. If you skip it, and your certification expires in 2020 or 2021, your status will change to Not Certified.

“No Consequences” doesn’t mean you can treat the assessment flippantly if your certificate is due in 2020 / 2021. If you answer every question with “A” and finish in 5 minutes, for example, your attempt will not count. Similarly, if you answer only a small percentage of the 60 questions, your attempt will not count. Please make a sincere attempt to answer the questions. Examinees exhibiting atypical test behavior will not be considered as meeting their assessment requirement.

In addition to meeting other certification requirements, physicians with certifications expiring in 2020 or 2021 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*
    • $132 per year if you pay BEFORE the year due
    • $165 per year if you pay IN the year due
    • $185 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.

  What information will I receive after completing a Performance Assessment?
   What information will I receive after completing a Performance Assessment?
  • After completing a Performance Assessment, most participants will receive immediate feedback about whether they passed or did not pass.
  • Some participants will score within a range that requires additional analysis and will not learn immediately whether they passed. They will learn their status via the Score Report described below.
  • Two weeks after the Performance Assessment window closes, ACC will release detailed score reports with the following information:
    • Your scaled score
    • The passing scaled score
    • Recommended content for further study based on the questions you answered incorrectly. (To maintain question security, you won’t be able to see the questions again or see exactly which questions you answered correctly or incorrectly.)
  • ACC will email all participants when the score report is available within the CMP Hub.