Recently the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) collaborated to streamline the processes for physicians to earn valuable maintenance of certification credit while earning AMA/PRA Category 1™ Credit. The new process enables LSU CME to offer MOC credit for CME activities that meet additional MOC standards.
In March, 2016, course directors, Dr. Daniel Raines and Dr. Kara DeFelice, decided to pursue MOC credit for their upcoming ERCP and IBD conferences. “We wanted to be sure our conference attendees had the opportunity to maximize the credit they could receive for the conference,” said Dr. Raines. “Dr. DeFelice and I created an optional multiple choice test attendees could take. It was an investment of time for us to review all the conference content and create the test, but in the end over 90% of physicians completed the test to get the MOC credit.”
The CME Office submits attendance for CME/MOC activities using the ACCME reporting database, PARS, by including the physician’s ABIM #. This new process for offering MOC credit along with CME credit for ABIM members is designed to make it easier for Internal Medicine physicians to meet the MOC requirement standards. Other specialty boards are currently working with the ACCME to develop similar reporting systems.