August 14, 2015
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ABIM, ACCME collaborate to allow MOC credit from traditional CME

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The American Board of Internal Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education have teamed up to allow physicians to receive Maintenance of Certification credits from traditional continuing medical education courses they have taken, according to a press release.

“While ABIM already offers more than 300 medical knowledge options to physicians engaged in MOC, our diplomates have asked for a more streamlined process to enable them to more seamlessly combine their ongoing educational activities with MOC requirements,” Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO of ABIM, said in a press release. “By collaborating with ACCME, ABIM will open the door to even more options for physicians engaged in MOC and will allow them to get MOC credit for high-quality CME activities they are already doing.”

Richard J. Baron

Prior to the ABIM/ACCME union, CME providers were required to receive activity approval from the ABIM. Now, CME providers will gain access to ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), which will allow them to register activities and verify compliance with MOC requirements.

The ACCME’s website will house a list of all activities meeting MOC requirements, which will be publically available, and ABIM diplomates who have completed activities will have that data relayed to ABIM through PARS.

“The ACCME has long supported the goals of MOC and the alignment of accredited CME and MOC. We share a common mission to facilitate the continuing professional development of physicians. We celebrate this collaboration because it will make a real and meaningful difference to physicians and educators who are working every day to improve health care in their communities. This collaboration will generate many more opportunities for accredited CME providers to serve as a strategic resource by delivering relevant, effective, independent, practice-based education that counts for MOC,” Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, president and CEO of ACCME, said in the release.