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.
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- CME providers are no longer required to submit applications to ABIM for activity peer review approval.
- Instead, accredited CME providers are able to use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to register activities for ABIM's MOC program.
- As part of this registration process, providers attest to compliance with requirements for the ABIM Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program, agree to collect the required individual participant 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, and agree to comply with requests for information about the activity if it is selected for an MOC audit by the ACCME.
- The ABIM MOC registration process is available for all CME providers in the ACCME System, including state-accredited providers, providers directly accredited by the ACCME, and providers that have received Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™.
- This collaboration offers additional choices but no new ACCME requirements. CME providers in the ACCME System have the option—but are not required—to offer accredited CME that meets ABIM's MOC program requirements and to submit activity and participant completion data through PARS to ABIM.
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.
- Registering CME Activities for ABIM MOC: A step-by-step tutorial for CME providers
- Ask ACCME about CME and MOC
- ABIM Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program Guide: The requirements accredited CME providers must meet to have their activities recognized in ABIM's MOC program
- Archived Webinar: CME That Counts for ABIM MOC Webinar: A recording and transcript of the 90 minute webinar “CME That Counts for ABIM MOC” held on October 14, 2015. The webinar includes an overview of the collaboration, a demonstration of how to register CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program in PARS, and a question and answer session with ACCME staff.
- CME for ABIM MOC: Dedicated webpage for physicians with information, updates, and links to resources
- Search for a CME+ABIM MOC Activity: A web-based tool to help learners find CME activities that are registered for ABIM MOC recognition.
Accredited providers are required to submit learner completion data for each activity registered as meetting ABIM’s Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program requirements via PARS.
Participant Management Data: Important Points and Timelines
- For activities that participants complete in 2016, CME providers may submit participant data through March 31, 2017. We encourage CME providers to submit participant data as soon as possible after the activity is completed, so that ABIM can apply the points to physicians’ records. Please note: Some ABIM Board Certified physicians may need to complete MOC requirements by December 31, 2016. In order for the CME activities to count toward those requirements, ABIM will need to receive completion data by December 31, 2016. ABIM will still accept completion information for activities completed in 2016 through March 31, 2017 and the MOC points earned for those activities will continue to count toward the 100 total that ABIM Board Certified physicians must earn every five years.
- CME providers working with ABIM prior to the ABIM-ACCME partnership launched on September 30: Any activity for which you have a unique alpha-numeric ABIM module code and are currently using the old ABIM web service, you may continue to submit participant completion data through the ABIM web service. However, beginning in 2017, ABIM will discontinue use of its web service and all participant completion data must be submitted through PARS.
- 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.
- Submitting Participant Data in PARS for ABIM’s MOC Program: A step-by-step tutorial for CME providers.
- Ask ACCME about Submitting Participant Data in PARS
- Archived Webinar: Submitting Participant Data in PARS for ABIM's MOC Program
- ACCME PARS Tab Delimited Participant Upload Instructions
- ACCME PARS Learners Tab Delimited Template
- XML Learner Reports: A zip file containing a description of the XML file format to be used for submitting participant completion data for activities registered for ABIM's MOC program, a sample XML file, and technical files. This file is useful to support both implementation of the web services (see below) and XML batch upload file development.
We have implemented web services that will enable your software applications, such as learning management systems, to submit activity and participant completion data directly to PARS. The goal of these services is to reduce the need for CME provider staff to use manual data entry or batch upload methods. To use these web services, your developers will need to make modifications to your software.
The following resources provide guidance for your IT professionals:
- ACCME PARS Web Services: This guide describes how to modify CME providers’ software/learning management systems to allow them to communicate directly with PARS. Please note this guide has been updated since we published the pre-release guide earlier this month.
- XML Learner Reports: A zip file containing a description of the XML file format to be used for submitting participant completion data for activities registered for ABIM's MOC program, a sample XML file, and technical files. This file is useful to support both implementation of the web services and XML batch upload file development.
- Testing site: A test site is available as a tool to aid in the development and testing of software designed to use these web services. If you're interested in using the test site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accredited CME providers: Please contact the ACCME at email@example.com.
ABIM-certified physicians: Please contact ABIM at firstname.lastname@example.org.