FAQ on Maintenance of Certification

Changes to MOC have you scratching your head?

Here are answers to some of the most common questions AGA receives from members.

We have updated thee FAQ below based on the letter released by the ABIM on Feb. 3, 2015.

What has changed?

Several changes went into effect in 2014.  For all ABIM Board Certified physicians, ABIM has begun reporting whether or not you are “participating in MOC.”  In order to be listed as participating in MOC, you are now required to earn 100 MOC points every five years with at least some activity every two years.

The ABIM had created a requirement for MOC points in the categories of patient safety and patient voice. But on February 3, 2015, the ABIM issued a notice that they would suspending the Practice Assessment, Patient Voice and Patient Safety requirements for at least two years. This means that no internist will have his or her certification status changed for not having completed activities in these areas for at least the next two years.

I hold a lifetime certificate (“grandfather” or time-unlimited), do these changes impact me?

Yes.  You will remain Board Certified for your lifetime.  But the ABIM will now qualify your credential of board certification, by reporting it as either:  Board certified –Participating in MOC  OR    Board Certified – Not Participating in MOC

Will I lose my certification if I do not participate in MOC?

ABIM will honor time remaining on all certifications. You will continue to be certified for the length of your current certification(s), assuming you hold a current and valid license.  If you hold certification(s) that are valid indefinitely, you will not lose those certification(s).

Do the ABIM’s changes mean I lose points I’ve already earned?

Points earned prior to 2014 will count toward certifications expiring from 2014 through 2017 but will not count toward the “Meeting MOC Requirements” reporting. Only those points earned in 2014 and after will count toward “Meeting MOC Requirements.”

What is the Patient Safety requirement?

Previously, you were required to earn some points (no minimum) in the area of Patient Safety.  In February 2015, the ABIM issued a notice that they would be suspending the Patient Safety requirements for at least two years.

What is the Patient Voice requirement?

Previously, you were required to earn some points (no minimum) in the area of Patient Voice. In February 2015, the ABIM issued a notice that they would be suspending the Patient Voice requirements for at least two years.

I’m already paying the ABIM a fee and now I have to pay for MOC from other organizations?

ABIM is exploring pricing options whereby diplomates, over their 10- year exam cycle, can opt in or opt out of access to ABIM products and, if they opt out, get a discount on their MOC fee.

How can AGA help me prepare?

Check out AGA's MOC and exam preparation resources.

If you still have questions, AGA staff are here to help. Email MOC@gastro.org and we will respond within 48 hours.