The Collaborative Maintenance Pathway (CMP) is an alternative MOC assessment option and so much MORE! The CMP is MORE THAN TESTING – it's about learning and refreshing your knowledge on a yearly basis. It's delivered through ACC's SAPs, so it includes comprehensive educational material and annual updates. You'll get text and presentations created by experts, plus hundreds of self-assessment questions. Learn in whatever format suits your needs – reading, watching and/or listening.

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ACCSAP - August 11 - 17, 2021
CathSAP - December 8 - 14, 2021
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HF SAP - December 8 - 14, 2021

The CMP gives you MORE FOCUS by featuring 20% of the field each year. Over a span of 5 years, your entire knowledge base is refreshed. Enrolling helps you get into the rhythm of continuous learning and prescribes which 20% of the field to focus on each year.

The CMP helps you get even MORE VALUE from ACC SAPs. Participation entails:

  • Learning by spending a minimum of 7 hours each year "engaging" in the topic(s) for the year.
  • Honing your clinical judgement by answering that topic's practice questions and earning a score of 70% or better.
  • Demonstrating mastery by taking a Performance Assessment (a 60-question online test) for that year's topic(s).

The CMP is a great way to stay current, and, when your MOC assessment requirement is due, simply continue with the CMP. A passing score on the Performance Assessment satisfies your MOC assessment requirement. There's no need to travel to a Board review course and no need to take time away from your practice.

As a streamlined path for refreshing your knowledge, staying licensed, AND maintaining your certification, the CMP allows you to spend MORE TIME FOCUSED ON YOUR PATIENTS.

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

Be currently CERTIFIED BY THE ABIM and NOT IN AN EXAM GRACE PERIOD
PURCHASE THE RELEVANT SAP
Your purchase provides you with 5 years
of access.
Spend 7 OR MORE HOURS ENGAGING
in the topic(s) of focus for the year.
Enroll in the CMP
Take a PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
REPEAT STEPS 3 AND 5
for the next 4 years
(But on a different 20%
of the field each year)

Additional Information About the CMP

  WHEN should I start participating in the CMP?
  WHEN should I start participating in the CMP?

Start now! Enrolling in the CMP now lets you:

  • Get into the habit of refreshing your knowledge of the field at a refreshing pace – focus on 20% of the field each year.
  • Earn all the CME and MOC Medical Knowledge (Part II) points that you need.
  • Gain experience taking Performance Assessments without the stress of achieving a passing score. You don't need to worry about passing until the year your MOC assessment requirement is due. Participation in the CMP prior to your due date does not change your due date.
  • Learn if it's the best MOC assessment option for you. If it is, simply continue using it, and if it isn't, you can use the CMP SAP as a study tool for a different MOC assessment option (such as ABIM's traditional 10-year exam).
  My MOC assessment requirement is due by December 31, 2022. When should I take a CMP Performance Assessment?
  My MOC assessment requirement is due by December 31, 2022. When should I take a CMP Performance Assessment?

Due to the ongoing pandemic, ABIM has extended deadlines for all Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements to December 31, 2022. Here's what that extension means for the Collaborative Maintenance Pathway (CMP):

  • If your MOC assessment requirement is due in 2020 or 2021 or 2022, you must pass ONE CMP Performance Assessment in 2020, 2021, OR 2022 to be counted as meeting your MOC assessment requirement. Instead of passing every year during this time, you only need to pass once.
    • If you PASS a CMP Performance Assessment in 2021, you don't need to worry about passing in 2022; you can participate in 2022 without the stress of achieving a passing score.
    • If you FAIL a CMP Performance Assessment in 2021, you have two more chances to pass in 2022.

The CMP is designed to promote continuous learning. Even though you are not required to participate yearly during 2020, 2021, and 2022, ongoing participation in the pathway is encouraged to help you realize its full educational value and keep your knowledge current.

  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.

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)