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, will be available for cardiovascular disease starting in 2019, and it will integrate lifelong learning with assessment.

6 Steps to Participating in the CMP for Cardiovascular Disease in 2019
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Be sure you use the latest version of ACCSAP to participate in the CMP! ACCSAP 9, which was released in 2016, does 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:

  • It is offered in your specialty.
    • A Cardiovascular Disease CMP is available in 2019. A CMP for additional subspecialties will roll out in subsequent years. The current plan is anticipated to be:
      • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology: 2020
      • Interventional Cardiology: 2020
      • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology: 2020
  • You are currently certified by ABIM.
  HOW Will the CMP for Cardiovascular Disease Work?
  HOW Will the CMP for Cardiovascular Disease Work?

Starting in Fall 2019, ACCSAP will offer a new feature called a Performance Assessment

CMP Performance Assessments are shorter in length, consisting of approximately 60 questions that are focused on one or two specific topic areas in cardiology such as arrhythmias. A new Performance Assessment will be available each year, covering approximately 20% of the field of cardiovascular disease, so that in a span of 5 years the breadth of general cardiology will be covered.

If you successfully engage in ACCSAP educational materials and pass the Performance Assessment that is offered each year, you will be considered by the ABIM to be satisfying the assessment requirement towards maintaining your certification. You will not need to take the ABIM 10-year MOC exam or the ABIM Knowledge Check-in (every 2 years).

  WHEN Will the CMP be Available for My Specialty?
  WHEN Will the CMP be Available for My Specialty?

The CMP is available for Cardiovascular Disease starting in 2019.

The CMP is anticipated for three additional sub-specialties in 2020:

  • Interventional Cardiology will offer a CMP through CathSAP, developed in collaboration with the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI).
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology will offer a CMP through EP SAP, developed in collaboration with Heart Rhythm Society (HRS).
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology will offer a CMP through Heart Failure SAP, developed in collaboration with the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA).

We hope to add a CMP option for ACHD in the future.

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.
  If I choose the CMP, will I still have to take the traditional MOC exam?
  If I choose the CMP, will I still have to take the traditional MOC exam?

If you pass ACCSAP’s CMP Performance Assessment each year after 2019 (because 2019 is a no consequences year), you won’t need to take the traditional MOC exam to maintain your certification.

   What does “no consequences” mean for the CMP?
  What does “no consequences” mean for the CMP?
  • 2019 is a “no consequences” year, 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 ACCSAP CMP Performance Assessment in 2019, it will count as a pass. If you are not successful and your exam was due in 2019, there will be no change to your certification status and you can continue to participate in the CMP. In 2020 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 2019, your status will change to Not Certified.
  • In addition to meeting other certification requirements, physicians with certifications expiring in 2019 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 ACCSAP’s 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 ACCSAP 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

  • ACCSAP 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 use ACCSAP as your MOC assessment option through the CMP.