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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 (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 available 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.

For a list of ABPN approved products, click here.
For more about why certification and maintenance of certification matters, click here.

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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.

General MOC Activity Requirements Information

MOC is an initiative mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to ensure that physician specialists offer quality patient care through an ongoing process of self-assessment and performance improvement. The ABPN is one of 24 medical specialty member boards assisted by the ABMS. The ABMS Member Boards all use a four-part MOC process that is designed to keep certification continuous.

        The ABPN MOC Program consists of the following:
                        Part 1- Professional Standing (licensure)
                        Part 2- Lifelong Learning (CME), Self-Assessment (SA)
                        Part 3- Cognitive Expertise (certification/recertification examinations)
                        Part 4- Improvement in Medical Practice (Performance in Practice-PIP)

Any completed MOC activities will apply to all specialties/subspecialties in which a physician is certified.  If a diplomate holds more than one certificate, he/she is required to complete one set of requirements and to pass exam(s) in which he/she is certified to maintain certification status.

ABPN Diplomates of any other ABMS Member Board will be able to receive CME, SA, and PIP credit as long as they are currently meeting the other Board’s MOC activity requirements.  Diplomates will need to provide verification from the member board.  *see additional ABMS Member Board MOC Credit information.

Diplomates who graduate from an ACGME-accredited subspecialty fellowship training in 2011, or later, and pass the corresponding ABPN subspecialty examination within the first three-year block of C-MOC program enrollment, may have the first three-year block of C-MOC activity requirements (CME, SA, PIP) waived. *see additional Fellowship MOC Activity Waiver information.

Diplomates who are in C-MOC are required to attest to the completion of MOC activities and pay the MOC fee on an annual basis. If audited, diplomates will be required to submit documentation of successful completion of the MOC activity requirements.

Beginning in 2014, diplomates are required to use only ABPN-approved products for both Self-Assessment (SA) and Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP) from the ABPN Approved MOC Products list.

CME Explanation of Requirements


    SA-CME Explanation of Requirements

    NEW Non-CME SA Explanation of Requirements (effective July, 2014)

**Please note, item writing and teaching/supervision do not count as approved non-CME SA activities.

Improvement in Medical Practice (Performance in Practice-PIP) Unit

   How to complete the Clinical Chart Review Module:

      Step AInitial assessment of five patient charts.

      Step BIdentify and implement improvement.

      Step CReassessment of five patient charts.

   How to complete the Feedback Module:

      Step A:  Initial Assessment of patient OR peer feedback.

      Step B:  Identify and implement improvement.

      Step C:  Reassessment of peer OR patient feedback.

*Patients may include those for which the diplomate supervises the care of another provider (e.g., resident).

**Peers may include other professional healthcare staff such as counselors, internists, nurses, physicians, psychologists and social workers. Medical students do not qualify as peers.

ABPN will not collect patient or peer data.  If audited, ABPN will require that diplomates explain how they carried out the Improvement in Medical Practice unit and submit information about their process and improvement plan.

NEW Patient Safety Course (effective 2016; more information available spring, 2015)

ABMS Member Board MOC Credit

Fellowship MOC Activity Waiver