ABMS VISION INITIATIVE COMMISSION RELEASES RECOMMENDATION REPORT FOR NEXT STEPS IN MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION (MOC) SAGA
Memphis Medical Society continues to monitor the developments of ABMS’ Vision Initiative Commission, a collaborative effort that brought together multiple stakeholders to envision the future of continuing board certification. We have summarized the report below for our members.
The Commission has gathered stakeholder input from organizations across the country, including Memphis Medical Society and TMA. This Final Report is an attempt to collect and act on the recommendation from those groups. The Commission recommendations focuses on two key points: 1) Maintenance of Certification must deliver recognizable value to participating physicians and 2) MOC must yield a meaningful certificate to all parties affected including physicians, hospitals, payers, pubic, etc.
- Foundational Recommendation to implement new/revised standards by addressing flexibility in knowledge assessment and advancing practice, increased feedback to diplomates and overall consistency in the standards
- Assessment Recommendation that includes pursuing alternatives to point-in-time examinations
- Create a uniform cycle length across all ABMS Boards
- Develop reciprocity agreements between Boards for physicians who are multi-specialty
- Clearly defined remediation pathways to enable diplomates to meet continuing certification standards in advance of and following any loss of certification
- Credential Use Recommendation that states ABMS should not dictate to stakeholders (hospitals, payers, etc.) how they should make their privileging and other decisions but provide education on certificate use policy
- Increased financial stewardship from ABMS per past reports of gross expenses for overhead
- Professionalism Recommendation to develop collaborative methods that better evaluate professionalism
There are several Implementation Actions in the report that Memphis Medical Society will continue to monitor and report back to membership. You can learn more about ABMS at abms.org