Monday, February 12, 2018

ABMS Online Survey Seeks Feedback From Physicians on MOC

Physicians are invited to provide feedback about Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements through an online survey being conducted by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

The survey is part of an ABMS initiative titled “Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future.” The feedback from the survey, which members of the public and other stakeholders are also invited to take, will help identify key concerns regarding MOC and inform the work of ABMS’s new Vision for the Future Commission. The commission will use the survey results as part of a comprehensive assessment of continuous board certification to make it "meaningful to physicians and the patients they serve well into the next decade." The commission will submit a draft report for public comment in November; a final report will be submitted to the ABMS Board of Directors in February 2019.

According to an ABMS spokesperson, the survey will be live for another three to four weeks.

The 27-member commission is co-chaired by psychiatrist Christopher Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., president emeritus of the West Virginia University Health System (WVUHS). According to the ABMS website, the commission will “engage and gather the perspectives of those involved and affected by physician certification, including practicing physicians; advocates for patients and the public; state medical societies; specialty associations and societies; accreditors; credentialing organizations; health care delivery systems; experts in assessment, learning, and quality improvement; certifying boards; and other professional organizations.”

APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., said the survey is an opportunity for APA members to register their concerns about MOC and its relevance to physicians and patient care. “APA leadership continues to be aware of the serious concerns many members have about the current structure of MOC and continuing board certification,” Levin said. “We wholeheartedly support the value of lifelong learning but believe that the process for professional self-regulation needs to be clinically relevant and not add to the administrative burdens with which many physicians are already wrestling.

“I encourage APA members to use the ABMS survey to share their experience and expertise and help mold the future direction of MOC and continuing board certification,” he said.

For more information, see the Psychiatric News article “Board Opposes Use of MOC Status to Penalize Physicians.”


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