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Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

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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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Maintenance of Certification (10YR-MOC)
The ABPN MOC Program reflects the Board’s commitment to lifelong learning throughout one’s profession. The mission of the ABPN's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program is to advance the clinical practice of psychiatry and neurology by promoting the highest evidence-based guidelines and standards to ensure excellence in all areas of care and practice improvement.

Maintenance of Certification applications are availabe for; Neurology/Child Neurology, Psychiatry, and for Subspecialties; Addiction Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Clinical Neurophysiology, Forensic Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, and Pain Medicine.

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Specific Requirements: 10-Year MOC Program
Program for Physicians certified before 2012

NOTE: All policies, components, and requirements of the ABPN's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program are subject to change. It is the responsibility of each individual ABPN Diplomate to remain apprised of the current MOC program requirements. Diplomates are encouraged to consult the ABPN website regularly to ascertain whether any changes have been made.

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Specific Requirements: 10-Year MOC Program: Program for Diplomates certified before 2012

Diplomates in the 10-Year MOC program who are not recertified before their certificates expire are no longer board certified in that area of certification. Once a former Diplomate completes all MOC requirements and passes the MOC cognitive examination, he or she will regain certification status. The ABPN recommends that diplomates sit for the MOC cognitive examination the year in which the Diplomate’s certificate is due to expire so that there is no lapse in certification status.

Physicians with expired certificates who wish to recertify must meet the MOC requirements of the year in which they wish to take the MOC cognitive examination.

Physicians certified or recertified in 2005, or those with 10-year certificates who wish to recertify in 2015, must apply for the 2015 MOC cognitive examination in 2014.
Application Requirements:
• 270 Category 1 CME credits (150 in previous five-year block)
• 24 CME credits from two self-assessment programs
• 1 completed PIP Unit

Physicians certified or recertified between 2006 and 2011 or those with 10-year certificates who wish to recertify between 2016 and 2021 must apply for their MOC cognitive examination the year before the cognitive examination.
Application Requirements:
• 300 Category 1 CME credits (150 in each five-year block)
• 24 CME credits from two self-assessment programs
• 1 completed PIP Unit

Physicians certified or recertified in 2012 or later should refer to the C-MOC section..

Diplomates Not Meeting 10-Year MOC Requirements

Diplomates’ certification and maintenance of certification statuses are public information and are reported by the ABPN to the public in the ABPN verifyCERT® system and to the ABMS annually.

• Diplomates who do not meet the specific admission requirements for the MOC cognitive examination in the year in which they wish to recertify will not be admitted to the examination.
• Diplomates who do not complete the MOC cognitive examination in their specialty/subspecialty by the expiration date of their certificate will be reported as, “Not Certified” in that specialty/subspecialty.

Change of Status from "Not Certified" to "Certified and Maintaining Certification"

Physicians with lapsed certificates who were initially certified in the 10-Year MOC program may regain certification by meeting the MOC requirements for the year in which they wish to recertify and by passing the MOC cognitive examination.

The following chart illustrates the examination application prerequisites for the remaining years of the 10-Year MOC program. All prerequisites will be required beginning in 2016 for physicians recertifying in 2017. The 10-Year MOC program will be eliminated after 2021.

Summary of 10-Year MOC Requirements

• Possess an active, full, and unrestricted medical license with no restrictions on any license
• Complete CME and Self-Assessment activities as required
• Complete one Improvement in Medical Practice unit (clinical module AND feedback module)
• Apply for and pass a MOC examination before the expiration date

Chart of 10-Year Program Requirements
10 year chart