In this article you will find the following updates:
- ABMS Commission: Draft Report – Participate in Public Comment Period by January 15
- AASLD’s MOC Reporting Process and Deadlines
- Steps for Claiming CME and MOC
ABMS Commission: Draft Report – Participate in Public Comment Period!
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has charged a “Vision for the Future Commission” to evaluate the MOC process across specialty boards and provide recommendations for MOC. Many AASLD members are certified under one or more of the 24 ABMS boards including the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), and/or American Board of Surgeons (ABS). The ABMS Commission’s final report, anticipated in February, will set the tone for the future of MOC for all specialty boards.
To summarize, the Commission recommends ongoing learning and identifying knowledge gaps with a variety of platforms including incorporating innovative methods for learning, e.g. “MOCA minute”. The Commission also recommends physicians engage in quality improvement processes and other activities that some physicians may already be participating in at their universities or hospitals.
The Commission has released a draft report for public comment. The public comment period runs until January 15. Although the report is large, the first 35 pages are the most salient section for your review as they outline the Commission’s 15 recommendations. These are structured like practice guidelines, with a clear recommendation followed by a discussion. The AASLD aims to represent the goals of its membership. To make your voice heard, please provide your input on the Commission’s draft report and help make an impact by:
- Providing your own comments on the draft report by January 15, 2019 at 11:00 pm CT
- Providing general comments or ask questions about the Vision Initiative
The ABMS Commission’s 15 Recommendations (see the full report here):
- Continuing certification should constitute an integrated program with standards for professionalism, assessment, lifelong learning and practice improvement.
- Continuing certification should incorporate assessments that support diplomate learning and retention, identify knowledge and skill gaps, and help diplomates learn advances in the field.
- Professionalism is an important competency for which specialty-developed performance standards for certification must be implemented.
- Standards for learning and practice improvement must expect diplomate participation and meaningful engagement in both lifelong learning and practice improvement. ABMS Boards should seek to integrate readily available information from a diplomate’s actual clinical practice into any assessment of practice improvement.
- ABMS Boards have the responsibility and obligation to change a diplomate’s certification status when certification standards are not met.
- ABMS Boards must have clearly defined remediation pathways to enable diplomates to meet assessment, learning and practice improvement standards in advance of any loss of certification.
- ABMS Boards should collaborate with professional and CME/CPD organizations to create a continuing certification system that serves the public while supporting diplomates in their commitments to be better physicians.
- The certificate has value, meaning and purpose in the health care environment.
- ABMS and the ABMS Boards should collaborate with other organizations to facilitate and encourage independent research that determines: whether and to what degree continuing certification contributes to diplomates providing safe, high quality, patient-centered care; and which forms of assessment and professional development activities are most effective in helping diplomates maintain and enhance their clinical skills and remain current in their specialties.
- ABMS Boards must collectively engage in a regular continuous quality improvement process and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of continuing certification programs.
- ABMS Boards must comply with all ABMS certification and organizational standards.
- Continuing certification should be structured to expect diplomate participation on an annual basis.
- ABMS Boards must regularly communicate with their diplomates about the standards for the specialty and to foster feedback about the program.
- ABMS Boards should have consistent certification processes for the following elements: a. A uniform cycle length before a decision about certification status is determined; b. Grace periods (either before or after the certification end date); c. Remediation pathways; d. Re-entry pathways to regain certification; e. Single set of definitions for how certification status is portrayed and communicated to users of the credential including the public (e.g. certified, participating in continuing certification, probation, revocation, not certified, etc.); and f. Appeals processes.
- ABMS Boards should facilitate reciprocal longitudinal pathways that enable multi-specialty diplomates to remain current in multiple disciplines across ABMS Boards without duplication of effort or excessive requirements.
AASLD’s MOC Reporting Process and Deadlines
AASLD submits MOC points on behalf of its learners to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). Here are some important points about receiving MOC at AASLD:
- Not all AASLD activities earn MOC points and not all earn both ABIM and ABP MOC points. Please always review AASLD’s Credit Designation Statements to find which points are eligible for each activity.
- Points are not submitted automatically by AASLD and will not display immediately on your ABIM or ABP MOC Profile upon completion of the MOC evaluation.
- Successful MOC completions are collected by AASLD on the 15th of each month and submitted to the ABIM and/or ABP by the last day of the month (e.g. Dec 16 – Jan 15 is reported by end of January).
- Per ABIM, Diplomates who successfully complete a MOC activity by December 31, 2018, will receive credit for the activity for 2018 even if the activity is reported in January 2019.
- Due to end of year deadlines, Diplomates prefer to see MOC points on their own ABIM and ABP profiles as soon as possible. To best meet the needs of our members, AASLD is reporting sooner/ more frequently:
- Diplomates that completed activities by December 15 will be reported by December 21.
- Activities completed December 16-December 31 will be submitted in early January rather than end of January.
- To ensure timely and proper reporting to the ABIM and ABP, please ensure that you provide us with your correct ABIM or ABP ID number as well as your birthdate (month/day – required by ABIM/ABP). We cannot submit MOC credit to the Boards until we have that information. If you completed any activities on LiverLearning® – including the 2018 Postgraduate Course (live) MOC Evaluation, please ensure that you enter your ABIM/ABP ID and Birthdate on your Profile. If you complete the activity by Dec 31 (but don’t provide ABIM/ABP ID and/or birthdate) you will be eligible for 2018 points even if submitted by AASLD in January 2019.
Steps for Claiming CME and MOC
The 2018 Liver Meeting® offered up to 12.25 ABIM MOC points. AASLD also offered up to 6.75 ABIM and/or 6.0 ABP MOC points for the Postgraduate Course. The final deadline for claiming CME and MOC for The Liver Meeting® 2018 and 2018 Postgraduate Course is March 15, 2019. Below are instructions and links to the evaluations. You can also view detailed step-by-step instructions with screenshots at this link.
- Claiming CME and Certificates of Attendance for Annual Meeting and Ticketed Sessions (including Postgraduate):
Go here for the CME/MOC evaluation. The attendee will need to use their email address used to register for the meeting and their badge number.
- Claiming MOC for Annual Meeting Sessions:
The MOC evaluations are included within the CME evaluation this year. Within the CME evaluation, you should see orange boxes that state “XX MOC points available” for all sessions that are offering MOC. All of the sessions that are offering MOC are listed on the website as well as detailed instructions on claiming them. Simply click on the orange button to complete some the evaluation for the MOC portion as well as some required information for ABIM. Go here for the CME/MOC evaluation.
- Claiming MOC for the Postgraduate Course:
Once you’ve claimed your CME credits, take the MOC evaluation on LiverLearning® by clicking the orange ‘You must log in to register’ button on the right side of the page. Log in with your current AASLD username and password. After logging in, you can begin taking the MOC evaluation. You do not need to finish the evaluation in one session. Feel free to log in and finish when you have time. Go here to claim the CME: and then here to claim MOC (for LiverLearning® use your AASLD username and password).
- LiverLearning® CME and MOC:
AASLD also offers CME and MOC points for specific online activities in LiverLearning®. Currently the 2018 Clinical Hepatology Update and the following Fundamentals of Liver Disease (FOLD) programs are available for free to members and are eligible for CME and MOC points: Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease & Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, and Abnormal Liver Tests. The 2018 Transplant Hepatology Board Review Course is also available for CME and MOC points but must be purchased.
If you need assistance with claiming points for CME or MOC for The Liver Meeting, Postgraduate Course, and/or AASLD LiverLearning educational activities please contact the AASLD office Monday-Friday (9:00 am-5:00 pm EST) at email@example.com or call AASLD’s main line to be directed for assistance at 703-299-9766. Please note that the AASLD office is closed December 24-January 1.