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ABA has implemented a change to their systems in an effort to reduce the incidence of duplicate MOC credit for their diplomates. Their processing rules have been modified such that:

  • A diplomate can only receive participation credit for completing each unique activity (ACCME Activity ID) once per day (date completed), and
  • If the activity offers both patient safety and non-patient safety CME, two participation records for the unique activity will need to be reported per diplomate per day – one for non-patient safety CME and one for patient safety CME.

The number of ABA MOCA credits is equal to the number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits designated for the activity. For example, if your activity is designated for 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits, then it would count for 5 ABA MOCA credits.

The ABA’s MOCA 2.0 Part 2 requirement is 250 credits of CME activities over a 10-year cycle that meet the following criteria:

  • All credits must be Category 1 CME activities:
    • ACCME/AMA PRA-approved
    • American Osteopathic Association Category 1-A
    • Accredited CPD credits issued by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
  • No more than 70 credits per calendar year (completed between 2006 and 2012) will be credited toward the requirement.
  • No more than 60 credits per calendar year (completed in or after 2013) will be credited toward the requirement.
  • At least 20 credits of ABA-approved Patient Safety CME.

Self-Assessment CMEs are no longer required. Diplomates who previously completed Self-Assessment CMEs will receive credit for them in MOCA 2.0, as will diplomates who complete Self-Assessment CMEs in the future.

The ABA’s MOCA content outline provides a framework for categorizing medical education content relevant to practicing anesthesiologists.  For each registered activity for MOCA 2.0, you will select at least one or a maximum of two content areas that best describe the content of your activity. The ABA can answer questions about its MOCA content outline.  Contact the ABA at cme@theABA.org.

The Content Outline can be found here: http://www.theaba.org/PDFs/MOCA/MOCA-Content-Outline.


Any CME provider accredited directly by the ACCME, by a Recognized State Accreditor, or by Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education can register a CME activity for the Part 2 (Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment) component of the ABA’s MOCA 2.0 program in PARS by attesting that the activity meets the requirements for ABA. The CME activity must:

  • Be directly or jointly offered by a provider accredited within the ACCME system;
  • Be designated for AMA/PRA Category 1 creditTM;
  • Cover one or more topics important to anesthesiology or anesthesiology subspecialties; and
  • Not be advertised as a Board Review or Board Preparation activity.

For activities that offer Patient Safety Credit for the entire activity, you will simply submit a single record indicating that the participant has earned both MOCA points and patient safety.

If only a portion of the activity offers Patient Safety, you will need to report two records for ABA Diplomates that have earned Patient Safety credit and MOCA points in the CME activity. The first record will contain the number of non-Patient Safety MOCA credits earned, and the second record will contain the number of MOCA and Patient Safety credits earned. The total of the two lines will equal the total number of CME granted to the diplomate for that activity.

Diplomates’ ABA ID numbers are eight digits that begin with the number three (for example, 3555-5555). They are not the same number that is printed on diplomates’ certificates, nor is it their membership number with a specialty society. If you do not have a diplomate’s ABA ID, you will need to get it from the physician. Diplomates can locate their ID number by logging into their personal portal account on the ABA website at www.theABA.org or by calling the ABA’s Communications Center at (866) 999-7501 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Click here for information on advertising guidelines for activities being registered for ABA MOCA 2.0 Part 2.