CME that Counts for ABIM MOC

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. We developed the collaboration in response to requests from physicians and accredited CME providers.

For general information about registering CME activities for MOC credit, please see our CME in Support of MOC webpage.

New! Evaluation Tool: This resource includes examples of evaluation approaches that CME providers can use in activities that count for ABIM MOC.

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Communication of MOC Recognition

Submitting Participant Management Data in PARS

Resources: Overview and Activity Registration

Resources for Submitting Participant Management Data

Contact Info for Questions and Feedback

Communication of MOC Recognition

Along with the ABIM MOC Statement, accredited providers within the ACCME System are welcome to use the CME\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. Please note that use of the MOC statement is mandatory, as described in the ABIM Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program.

Submitting Participant Management Data in PARS

Accredited providers are required to submit learner completion data for each activity registered as meeting ABIM’s Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program requirements via PARS.

Participant Management Data: Important Points and Timelines

  • Participant completion data for CME that Counts for ABIM MOC should be submitted in PARS no later than December 31, 2016. 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 participant completion data by December 31 to ensure that the MOC points count towards this year’s requirements. ABIM will continue to accept participant completion data reported by CME providers through March 31, 2017 (ACCME’s annual reporting deadline) and any ABIM Board Certified physician who experienced a negative status change as a direct result of insufficient MOC points will have their status adjusted once the required number of points have been earned. We encourage CME providers to submit participant 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 participant completion data for ABIM MOC. 

  • CME providers working with ABIM prior to the ABIM-ACCME partnership launched on September 30, 2015: ABIM will be discontinuing the use of its web service that you have been using to report participant completion data for your CME+MOC activities. ABIM will accept participant completion data through its web service until April 2017, after which all participant completion data must be reported through PARS. There are several ways to submit your data in PARS, including web services, batch upload, and manual form entry. Please visit ACCME’s Resources for Submitting Participant Management Data for more information.  
  • Submission methods include web services (see more information below), batch upload, and manual data entry.
  • Validation process: When you submit participant completion data, PARS will verify the participant’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 participant 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.

Resources: Overview and Activity Registration

Resources for Submitting Participant Management Data

We Welcome Your Questions and Feedback

Accredited CME providers: Please contact the ACCME at info@accme.org.

ABIM-certified physicians: Please contact ABIM at request@abim.org.