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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 (C-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: Continuous Maintenance of Certification (C-MOC)
Program for Physicians certified or recertified beginning in 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.

Instructions:
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bullet The topics reflect the order found in the MOC Booklet

Specific Requirements: C-MOC
Program for Diplomates certified or recertified beginning in 2012

Beginning in 2012, Diplomates who certify or recertify are enrolled into the C-MOC Program. Other Diplomates certified before 2012, including lifetime certificate holders, may elect to participate in the program through their Physician Folios.

The ABMS requires that the ABPN report the following annually regarding every Diplomate:

bullet Is the Diplomate still certified?
bullet Is the Diplomate actively maintaining certification?

The C-MOC program will assist Diplomates in complying with MOC requirements and timeframes. The program will also facilitate the required annual recording of progress required of Diplomates and reporting of Diplomate participation to the ABMS.

The C-MOC program is organized through the use of ABPN Physician Folios. Using the link at the top of the opening page of the ABPN website (www.abpn.com/folios), physicians can create accounts that will enable them to keep their demographic and license information up to date, track their MOC activities, stay appraised of any changes in the program, and apply for examinations. Physicians must activate an ABPN Physician Folios account on the ABPN website to begin the MOC process and gain the benefits of the program.

While passing an MOC cognitive examination is still required at least every ten years, a Diplomate's certification status is dependent upon fulfillment of all four MOC program components (Professional Standing, SA and CME, Cognitive Expertise, and PIP), along with annually logging completed MOC activities into ABPN’s Physician Folios and payment of the annual MOC registration fee.

Diplomates must accomplish MOC requirements in three-year stages. Every three years, Diplomates in the program must document in their Physician Folio completion of:

bullet 24 CME credits of self-assessment (average eight per year)
bullet 90 Category 1 CME credits (including those from SA)
bullet 1 PIP Unit

Instead of a single fee at the time of the MOC cognitive examination, participants in the C-MOC program pay an annual fee. This fee covers participation in ABPN Physician Folios and includes one MOC cognitive examination in a ten-year period. Less than 10 years of participation, or applying for a combined examination, will require an additional fee.

The first three-year block of C-MOC requirements [(CME, self-assessment, and improvement in medical practice (PIP)] 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 who are granted the fellowship MOC waiver will be notified by the ABPN upon becoming certified in their subspecialty. If a Diplomate believes they are eligible for the credit, but do not receive notice of the credit waiver, they should contact the Board via questions@abpn.com.

There are several advantages C-MOC program participants gain:

bullet Annual fee instead of a large fee at the time of application
bullet Personalized list of MOC activities that can be provided to employers, hospitals, licensing boards, etc.
bullet Reminders from the ABPN regarding MOC requirements that are due to be completed
bullet Easy-to-use system to track individual requirements
bullet Easy-to-use interface (ABPN Physician Folios)
Diplomates Not Meeting C-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.

bullet Diplomates have three years to complete one stage of the MOC program. Diplomates who do not complete one stage of the program by the end of three years will be reported as, “Certified-Not Meeting MOC Requirements.”
bullet Diplomates who do not complete two stages of the MOC program by the end of six years will be reported as, “Not Certified.”
bullet Diplomates will be reported as, “Not Meeting MOC Requirements” if they fail or miss the MOC cognitive examination. Diplomates will be allowed to retake the examination within one year of the failed/missed examination. Diplomates who fail or miss the MOC cognitive examination on the second attempt will be reported as, “Not Certified.”
bullet Diplomates are required to pay their annual fees and enter their MOC activities through ABPN Physician Folios. After one stage, Diplomates who do not pay their annual fee or do not update their activities annually through ABPN Physician Folios will be reported as, “Not Meeting MOC requirements.”
Change of Status from "Not Meeting MOC Requirements" or "Not Certified" to "Certified and Maintaining Certification"
bullet Diplomates who have not met all MOC requirements for one stage (three years) of the program will be reported as, “Not Meeting MOC Requirements.” The status may be revised to, “Certified and Meeting MOC Requirements” if Diplomates complete insufficient stage activities, current stage activities, and pay all required fees.
bullet The topics reflect the order found in the MOC Booklet
bullet An active unrestricted medical license and no restrictions on any license
bullet 24 SA credits
bullet 90 Category 1 CME credits (including 24 from SA)
bullet 1 PIP Unit (one clinical module and one feedback module)
bullet Passing the MOC cognitive examination (full fee)
Summary - C-MOC Program Requirements
bullet Possess an active, full, and unrestricted medical license with no restrictions on any license.
bullet Complete of one stage of MOC activities every 3 years:
bullet 24 CME credits of SA
bullet 90 Category 1 CME credits (including 24 from SA)
bullet 1 PIP Unit (one clinical module & one feedback module)
bullet Pass the MOC cognitive examination for every certificate at least every 10 years.
bullet Update ABPN Physician Folios annually with progress toward meeting three-year stage requirements.
bullet Update medical license, mailing address, email address as needed.
bullet Update Clinical Activity Status as needed.
bullet Pay the annual fee.

Diplomates certified or recertified before 2012 and who have not voluntarily elected admission to the C-MOC program should refer to the 10-year MOC program section.