The ACCME and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) have collaborated to simplify the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and accredited CME. We formed this collaboration to expand the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that offer ABIM MOC points, and to streamline the process for registering CME activities in ABIM's MOC program.
For general information about registering CME activities for MOC credit, please see our CME in Support of MOC webpage.
In January, ABIM made it easier for CME providers and physician learners to search for ABIM IDs by the learner’s name or NPI number. To find a physician’s ABIM ID, go to http://www.abim.org/verify-physician.aspx. Providers should update any language within their existing activities, websites, and promotional materials to point learners to this tool.
You now have the option to register your CME activities for ABIM Practice Assessment MOC and blended activities that earn both Medical Knowledge and Practice Assessment MOC points.
All CME providers in the ACCME System have the option—but are not required—to offer accredited CME that counts for ABIM MOC. This includes state-accredited providers, providers directly accredited by the ACCME, and providers that have received Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™.
Accredited CME providers use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to register activities for CME that counts for ABIM MOC.
As part of this registration process, providers need to:
- Attest to compliance with ABIM MOC requirements as described in ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program Guide
- Agree to collect the required individual learner completion data and submit it via PARS
- Agree to abide by ABIM/ACCME requirements for use of the data
- Agree to allow ACCME to publish data about the activity on ACCME’s website
- Agree to comply with requests for information about the activity if the activity is selected for an audit by the ACCME.
Accredited providers are required to submit learner completion data via PARS for each activity registered as meeting ABIM MOC requirements. We encourage you to submit learner data as soon as possible after the activity is completed, so that ABIM can apply the points to physicians' records. Learner data submission methods include web services (see additional resources below), batch upload, and manual data entry.
Timeline: Learner completion data for CME that Counts for ABIM MOC should be submitted in PARS no later than December 31 of the year during which the activity was completed. ABIM Board Certified physicians need to complete their MOC activities by December 31 in order for the MOC points to count toward any MOC requirements that are due by the end of the year. To that end, providers should report learner completion data by December 31 to ensure that the MOC points count towards that year’s requirements. We encourage CME providers to submit learner completion data as soon as possible after an activity is completed so that points can be applied to physicians’ records. Please note that ACCME has not changed its annual reporting requirements. Accredited CME providers are required to submit all program and activity data for the 2016 reporting year by March 31, 2017. This includes reporting of learner completion data for ABIM MOC.
Validation process: When you submit learner completion data, PARS will verify the learner's ABIM ID and birth date, and if verified, will transmit the record to ABIM for validation. After the ABIM completes its validation of the data, the learner record status will change to “accepted” or “rejected.” If a record is rejected, you will be notified via email, and the reason for rejection will appear in PARS. Depending on the reason for rejection, you may be able to correct the data and resubmit.
Along with the ABIM MOC Statement, accredited providers within the ACCME System are welcome to use the ABIM MOC badge to identify and promote CME activities that are registered for ABIM MOC points. Use of the badge is optional and may appear on any activity materials, brochures, and announcements that promote CME activities that also earn MOC points. Accredited providers may determine the size and placement of the badge; however, providers are not permitted to make changes to the badge. Click here to download the badge. Please note that use of the MOC statement is mandatory, as described in the ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program Guide.
We encourage you to register your activities as soon as possible, so that diplomates can find out about them. Activities registered for ABIM MOC will be displayed in CME Finder, our online CME search tool that provides a one-stop resource for physicians seeking to earn Continuing Certification or MOC credits by participating in accredited CME.
- PDF: ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program Activity Audit Structured Abstract
- PDF: Evaluation Tool: CME that Counts for ABIM MOC includes examples of evaluation approaches that CME providers can use in activities that count for ABIM MOC.
- ZIP File: ABIM MOC Badge
- FAQ: CME that Counts for ABIM MOC
- FAQ: CME that Counts for MOC Basics
- Archived Webinar: CME that Counts for MOC