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No. As has always been the case, accredited providers should report any multi-session annual meeting as a single CME activity in ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). When registering an annual meeting activity for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, you can adjust the number of MOC points to accurately reflect only the sessions that meet the requirement. For example, if your annual meeting includes 20 sessions, but only 5 sessions during that meeting meet the requirements for ABIM MOC program, then you should enter 5 points in the data field asking for the number of MOC points.

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program Guide notes that in order for a course (or other live activity) to be registered for ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points in the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), the provider must include a comprehensive evaluation component that measures learners change. A comprehensive evaluation refers to a question or series of questions or a reflective task that is designed to evaluate the activity’s goals and purpose. The evaluation should sufficiently address the goals so that a reasonable determination can be made about the learners understanding of the material and the effectiveness of the educational activity.

The ACCME and ABIM have developed a resource, Evaluation Tool: CME that Counts for ABIM MOC, which includes examples of evaluation approaches that CME providers can use in activities that count for ABIM MOC.   

For most CME activities that are registered for ABIM MOC points, the number of CME credits will be the same as the number of MOC points. However, it is possible that a large activity might only have certain sessions that qualify for MOC points. In that case, the number of MOC points will be less than the number of CME credits that could be earned.

The ACCME will notify you if you are selected for an MOC audit and will ask you to complete a structured abstract for the activity that was selected for audit. Upon review of your submission, the ACCME will notify you if additional information is needed and/or the results of the audit in terms of compliance with the requirements. Please note that ABIM’s goal is for the audit to be non-punitive so that ABIM learns how accredited providers are meeting expectations, and accredited providers can correct their efforts if needed. 

Per ACCME data reporting instructions, accredited providers should report multi-session regularly scheduled series (RSS) for example, grand rounds, tumor boards, and morbidity and mortality conferences as a single activity in the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). If the entire RSS or a portion of the series meets the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) requirements, it can be registered for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). When completing the fields for ABIM MOC program in PARS, provide the total number of MOC points that are available to the participants who attend the entire series.

Note: If not all of the RSS sessions meet the ABIM requirements, report the total number of MOC points for the sessions that do meet ABIM requirements. For example, if the RSS meets for 1 hour monthly (12 hours total for the year), but only 5 of the sessions meet ABIM MOC requirements, you would report 12 hours of instruction for the activity but enter 5 points in the data field asking for the number of MOC points.

Yes. Once you have attested that your activity meets the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program requirements, the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) will prompt you to indicate one or more specialties represented by ABIM for which the activity is relevant.

Once you have attested that your activity meets the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program requirements, ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) will prompt you to indicate whether or not you are seeking the optional patient safety Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for the activity. If you answer yes, you will be asked to attest that the activity meets the patient safety requirements in the Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program Guide.

The process of peer review means that the educational materials are reviewed by other clinicians who are sufficiently familiar with the material to be able to render an opinion as to whether the materials are fair, accurate, and free of commercial bias.

ABIM has extended the decision to not require Practice Assessment in its MOC program through December 31, 2018. However, ABIM Board Certified physicians must earn a total of 100 MOC points every 5 years and points earned for Practice Assessment activities can count toward the total.

The same learner information would be required as is currently collected for ABIM Medical Knowledge activities: The physician learner’s first and last name, date of birth (mm/dd), date of completion of the activity (mm/dd/yyyy), and the number of MOC points earned. In addition, providers must also indicate the MOC credit type(s) for which points were earned (i.e., Medical Knowledge, Practice Assessment, Patient Safety). As well, it is important to ensure that you have obtained permission from the learner to share the information with the ACCME so that it can be transmitted to the ABIM.

Providers are required to enter the typical activity-related fields in PARS, and if the activity is eligible to offer ABIM Practice Assessment Points, the provider must attest to meeting the ABIM’s requirements, indicate which ABIM specialty(ies) the activity is best designed for based on the content of the activity, and how many MOC points will be offered. Please note that activities can be registered for ABIM Medical Knowledge points, Practice Assessment points, and/or Patient Safety Credit in any combination. However, an activity cannot be registered for Patient Safety Credit alone.

Typically, the number of ABIM MOC points will be equivalent to the number of CME credits designated for the activity. However, it is acceptable for the MOC points to be less than the number of CME credits available, if only a portion or limited number of sessions in a larger meeting meet the ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program requirements.

The National Academy of Medicine’s quality dimensions include six specific aims for improvement. More information can be found here.

No. The accredited provider defines a minimum participation threshold for MOC activities. Physician learners are likely to participate in one or more of the areas outlined in ABIM’s requirements for Practice Assessment activities, but participation in every step of the quality improvement process is not an ABIM requirement.

When you enter participant completion records in PARS, you will need to indicate the number of total MOC points earned and the MOC credit type(s) for which the points were earned.