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.

Coming in January: In early January, ABIM will make 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. The old “Find Your ABIM ID” tool that you have been using will remain live for several months and will redirect users to the new tool.

New! 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. Find out more:

On this webpage

Communication of MOC Recognition
Submitting Participant Management Data in PARS
Resources: Overview and Activity Registration
Resources: Submitting Participant Management Data
Other Resources
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 MOC Assessment Recognition Program Guide.

Submitting Participant Management Data in PARS

Accredited providers are required to submit learner completion data for each activity registered as meeting ABIM’s MOC Assessment Recognition Program Guide 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 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 participant completion data by December 31 to ensure that the MOC points count towards that year’s requirements. 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. 
  • 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: Submitting Participant Management Data

Other Resources

  • This resource includes examples of evaluation approaches that CME providers can use in activities that count for ABIM MOC.

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.