Message from the CEO: Connecting CME to MOC

September 30, 2015
Posted by: 
Tamar Hosansky

In our interactions with stakeholders, we’ve heard that a high priority for our community of CME providers and learners is to facilitate the alignment of continuing professional development systems and to simplify the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and CME. The collaboration between the ACCME and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is an important step toward achieving those goals. We celebrate this collaboration because it will make a real and meaningful difference to physicians and educators who are working every day to improve healthcare in their communities.

This collaboration serves to liberate MOC and CME by simplifying the process and expanding the choices for CME providers and physicians. ABIM no longer requires CME providers to submit applications for activity review and approval by ABIM. Beginning today, CME providers can register their activities for ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). As part of this registration process, CME providers attest to compliance with ABIM-specific requirements for the Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program and submit participant data. Providers will be able to submit participant data by the end of 2015.

Many more activities are now eligible for recognition in ABIM’s MOC program and we expect that this process will generate many more opportunities for accredited CME providers to serve as a strategic resource by delivering relevant, effective, independent, practice-based education that counts for points in ABIM’s MOC program. The process is inclusive; 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™—have the opportunity to register their activities for ABIM’s MOC program as long as the activities meet ABIM's MOC requirements.

I encourage you to review the ABIM Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program Guide and the resources on our website. Think about which of your activities would be appropriate to register for ABIM’s MOC program. You can register activities retroactively for 2014, as well as register current and future activities. We want to do everything we can to support your engagement as we build a robust, diverse portfolio of high-quality CME activities that count for ABIM’s MOC program. Toward that end, we invite you to join our webinar on October 14 from 10:00 am–11:30 am Central, to ask your questions and share strategies for advancing CME in support of MOC.

We look forward to working together with our community of accredited CME providers and our community of diplomates to leverage the power of education to drive quality in our profession and improve care for the patients we serve.

Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc
President and Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
(312) 527-9200
gmcmahon@accme.org