Tips and Data Submission Reminders for CME that Counts for MOC
We’re happy to report that more than 340 accredited CME providers have registered over 12,000 activities that count for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) in ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Since the ACCME began collaborating with the specialty boards, beginning with ABIM in 2015, the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that count for MOC and learner participation in these activities have continued to grow, making a meaningful difference to clinicians and educators who are working to improve healthcare in their communities. Providers and diplomates can search for the more than 4,600 currently available CME activities that count for MOC by visiting CME Finder.
Here are a few tips to help you register your activities correctly:
- ABA: We’re often asked about MOC statements for ABA patient safety activities. The ABA does have a specific statement that should be used for patient safety activities. All other ABA MOCA activities should comply with the ABA’s Promotion Guidelines, but do not have to include a specific statement.
- ABIM: Through our audit process, we have discovered that some providers have registered activities for Practice Assessment (Part IV) points, when they should be registered for Medical Knowledge (Part II) points. Please make sure that you check the right box in PARS. Also, please refer to the ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program Guide to make sure you are meeting the requirements for Medical Knowledge and/or Practice Assessment points.
- ABP: Due to technical limitations on the part of ABP, the ABP is unable to accept variable, partial or repeating credit, thus learner completion data can only be reported once – after successful completion of the evaluation component – and all learners must earn the same number of points. So, for activities that are longitudinal in nature or may have variable attendance, providers may need to develop strategies about how and when the evaluation component will be completed by the learner, as well as acceptable point “thresholds” in reporting learner completion. The ABP has also updated the CME for MOC Provider Program Manual to clarify ABP MOC Part 2 requirements; this manual becomes effective November 1. ACCME can help providers develop various approaches that might work for regularly scheduled series or large annual meetings. Feel free to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Upcoming Deadlines: Participant Completion Data Submission
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. In addition, please note the following deadlines for submitting participate completion data. These deadlines are set so that that credit can be applied for physicians who are required to complete MOC activities by the end of the year.
- ABA and ABIM: Participant completion data for CME that Counts for ABA and ABIM MOC should be submitted to PARS by December 31, 2017.
- ABP: Participant completion data for CME that Counts for ABP MOC should be submitted to PARS by December 1, 2017. All ABP MOC participant completion data should be submitted within 30 days of activity completion, and participant data for ABP activities conducted after December 1 should be entered immediately in order to allow ABP diplomates with cycles ending in 2017, to meet MOC requirements and re-enroll by established deadlines.
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 2017 reporting year by March 31, 2018.
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