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2014 MOC: PQRS and the MOC Matters Website
Visit the MOC Matters Website to fulfill and document your 2014 MOC and PQRS requirements. It consists of the MOC: PQRS Attestation Module, the PQRS Registry Module and the Patient Experience of Care Survey Module. As an added feature, the freestanding Patient Survey Module is available to diplomates of all Member Boards, whether or not the diplomates are participating in MOC:PQRS. The Website also includes an updated MOC:PQRS Facts & FAQs.
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Quarterly Update: April - June, 2014
Please feel free to contact the ABPN with any questions.

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Top Questions for the Quarter: April - June, 2014

These FAQs are a collection of common questions resulting from tradeshows, phone calls and submitted questions from the ABPN website. The ABPN sends out a quarterly email to subscribers highlighting new questions and features that provide helpful insight when applying for an examination and tips for maintaining certification.

As a result of the new 2015 ABMS MOC Standards and based on feedback from the field, the ABPN has changed some of the ABPN MOC program requirements. Some specific requirements that have changed are:

1. Feedback modules require that diplomates collect feedback from only ONE of the following options.
2. The ABPN has reduced the amount of MOC activity needed to meet the requirements for the 2015 through 2021 MOC examinations.
3. Some C-MOC program requirements may be waived for diplomates who pass the subspecialty certification exam in 2012, or later.
4. Diplomates are no longer required to enter the details of their MOC activities in the ABPN Physician Folios System. Diplomates will now attest to having completed the MOC requirements.

1. Feedback modules require that diplomates collect feedback from only ONE of the following options.arrow

ABPN-APPROVED FEEDBACK MODULE OPTIONS (choose ONE):

• Five patient surveys
• Five peer evaluations of general competencies*
• Five resident evaluations of general competencies*
• 360 Degree evaluation of general competencies with five respondents*
• Institutional peer review of general competencies with five respondents*
• One supervisor evaluation of general competencies*

(Model feedback forms are available on the ABPN Web site at: http://www.abpn.com/forms.html#pip)

*The general competencies to be reviewed in peer, resident, 360 degree, institutional peer review, and supervisor evaluations are:

• Patient Care
• Medical Knowledge
• Practice-based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
• Professionalism
• System Based Practice

Diplomates no longer must complete patient feedback forms AND peer feedback forms to meet the feedback module for Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP) of MOC. Diplomates are required to collect feedback from only ONE of the above options to satisfy the feedback module requirement.


2. The ABPN has reduced the amount of MOC activity needed to meet the requirements for the 2015 through 2021 MOC examinations.arrow

Based on the recent feedback from the field and availability of ABPN-approved MOC products, the ABPN has reduced the number of requirements for those testing in 2015-2021.

For those who need to recertify in 2015, but are not in the C-MOC program, the requirements to apply are:
270 Category 1 CME, of which at least 24 should include a minimum of two SA activities, and one PIP unit. Previously there were 40 self-assessment CME required.

For those who need to recertify 2016-2021, but are not in the C-MOC program, the requirements to apply are: 300 Category 1 CME, of which at least 24 should include a minimum of two SA activities, and one PIP unit. Previously there were 80 self-assessment CME and three PIP units required.

If you have satisfied additional self assessment and/or PIP unit requirements due to these reductions, you may apply the additional credit towards your first C-MOC cycle after passing the recertification examination.

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3. Some C-MOC program requirements may be waived for diplomates who pass the subspecialty certification exam in 2012, or later.arrow

The first three-year block of C-MOC CME, self-assessment, and improvement in medical practice (PIP) requirements will be waived for diplomates who complete ACGME-accredited or ABPN approved subspecialty training in 2012 or later. Such diplomates are required to pass the corresponding ABPN subspecialty examination within the first three-year block of enrollment into the C-MOC program. If the diplomate was not in the C-MOC program prior to taking the exam, passing the exam will automatically enroll them into the C-MOC program and the waiver will apply to their first three-year block. Diplomates are still required to pay the annual MOC fee.

To check to see if you have qualified for this waiver, log into your ABPN Physician Folios account at www.abpn.com/Folios. In the Maintenance of Certification section, click on the Requirements and Status, MOC Activity Requirements tab.


4. Diplomates are no longer required to enter the details of their MOC activities in the ABPN Physician Folios system. Diplomates will now attest to having completed the MOC requirements.arrow

For those diplomates who are still in the 10-year MOC program (e.g. who have not taken ANY ABPN exam in 2012, or later), you will attest to having completed the requirements as part of the application for the MOC exam. If you are one of the diplomates who is chosen to be audited (approximately 5% of the applications are selected for audit), you will need to provide documentation of having completed the requirements before you will be allowed to sit for the exam.

For those diplomates who are in the C-MOC program (e.g. have taken an ABPN exam in 2012, or later), the MOC activity requirements are averaged over a three-year MOC cycle. You will now attest to having completed the program requirements on an annual basis. When entering the CME quantities, including the self-assessment CME's, enter the total number of CME credits that you have completed in each year. As long as the three-year total meets or exceeds the three-year requirements, you will be meeting the C-MOC requirements.

The MOC tracking module will still be available for those using it to track their individual MOC activities. You will no longer be required to use this module.

An outline of your MOC requirements and attestation section are located in your ABPN Physician Folios account’s Maintenance of Certification section, under the Requirements and Status, MOC Activity Requirements tab.