Maintenance of Certification
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is an integral part of the quality movement in healthcare. Patients, your physician peers, and your colleagues all value MOC because it demonstrates your support for continuous quality improvement, professional development, and quality patient care.
The American Board of Radiology has a history of ensuring the excellence of professionals who practice in our field. As clinical applications, technologies, and methodologies continue to expand and develop, we recognize that lifelong learning is critical to ensure that new information and knowledge are incorporated into routine clinical practice. All ABR trustees participate in ABR-MOC.
In 2012, the ABR implemented a new MOC process, known as Continuous Certification, for all participating MOC diplomates. Under this new process, ABR certificates no longer have “valid-through” dates. Instead, on each new and renewed certificate, the effective date is noted, accompanied by the statement that “ongoing validity of this certificate is contingent upon meeting the requirements of Maintenance of Certification.”
Every year on March 15, the ABR looks back at the previous three calendar years to determine if each diplomate is meeting the requirements of MOC. This automated process is the core administrative procedure of Continuous Certification to monitor diplomate compliance. For more information about Continuous Certification, click here.
Diplomates who hold TIME-LIMITED certificates, or CONTINUOUS CERTIFICATES issued in 2012 or thereafter, are automatically enrolled in the MOC program when they attain initial certification and may start participating immediately.
Diplomates with a SUBSPECIALTY certificate in neuroradiology, nuclear radiology, pediatric radiology, or vascular/interventional radiology also hold either a time-limited certificate or a continuous certificate issued in 2012 and thereafter. They are automatically enrolled in the MOC program and should start participating immediately.
Diplomates who hold LIFETIME certificates must voluntarily enroll in the program to begin the MOC process. Click here for more information.
WHAT ARE THE SIX ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES OF MOC?
The MOC program evaluates, on a continuous basis, the SIX ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES as defined by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS):
- Medical knowledge
- Patient care and procedural skills
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Systems-based practice
WHAT ARE THE FOUR PARTS OF MOC?
MOC uses FOUR PARTS to evaluate the six competencies:
- Part 1: Professional Standing
- Part 2: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
- Part 3: Cognitive Expertise
- Part 4: Practice Quality Improvement (PQI)
Requirements for competencies and the four parts of MOC depend on your practice area. For more detailed information, check the menu at the upper right for your area of interest.
Theprovides detailed guidelines for evaluating acceptable participation.
Article from the Winter 2013 issue of The BEAM:
Continuous Certification Made Easy, by Gary J. Becker, MD
Three brochures on MOC, which include information about continuous certification, are available at the links below.
- MOC for Diagnostic Radiology and Its Subspecialties
- MOC for Radiation Oncology
- MOC for Medical Physics
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has published two important new online features:
- A living document that is a growing list of peer-reviewed publications on the value of certification and MOC
- MOC: Myths and Facts
These resources can be found at the following link: http://www.abms.org/EvidenceLibrary/default.aspx.
Optional Benefits for Group Practices
MOC Team Tracker is a new online program, developed by the ABR, to assist MOC participants in group practices with their attestation “bookkeeping.” Groups (two or more ABR diplomates) may designate authorized group practice administrators to sign on myABR and manage the input of MOC participation data for the group’s members. More information and instructions for enrolling can be found at www.theabr.org/moc-team-tracker.
The Whole Practice MOC Discount Pilot Program offers a group-wide discount of 10 percent on the current year’s annual MOC fees. To qualify for the discount in 2014, all eligible participants must be enrolled in MOC, opt in to MOC Team Tracker, and pay all outstanding fees. Further details and requirements can be found at www.theabr.org/moc-whole-practice-discount.
If you have questions about either program, please send an email to MOCTeamTracker@theabr.org.