AGA Expands Resources to Help Members Meet ABIM MOC Requirements

May 09, 2013

By John F. Kuemmerle, MD, AGAF

The AGA is expanding educational opportunities to help members meet the updated American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. The ABIM has announced changes to the MOC requirements beginning January 2014 — physicians will need more frequent, every two years, participation in MOC activities that are currently required every 10 years. These programs are designed to help physicians keep pace with the changes in the science of medicine and assessment.

AGA has created an innovative approach to support members in earning Part 4 Practice Improvement MOC points. Enrollees in the AGA Digestive Health Recognition Program™ are eligible for Bridges to Excellence (BTE), the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and up to 20 points towards ABIM MOC. Physicians who participate in the Digestive Health Recognition Program are able to use one set of data entry for all three benefits. The self-directed practice improvement module (PIM) component incorporates valid performance measures and gives physicians a means of conducting a structured, data-driven evaluation of a specific area of practice. PIMs also assist in developing and implementing an improvement plan to assess the impact of practice changes through chart re-measurement. This package is available for IBD, and AGA is currently working on a similar product for HCV. 

Next week during DDW®, AGA is presenting sessions to help physicians understand changes in MOC requirements. MOC sessions at AGA include:

  • During the Monday, May 20, Fellow’s Board Review Session, Dr. Kuemmerle will discuss how GI trainees will be affected by the MOC changes.
  • Meeting the Challenges of Recertification: A Changing Landscape, Tuesday, May 21, will include a presentation from a physician representing ABIM’s viewpoint and a panel discussion for attendees to ask questions.
  • The AGA, ASGE and AASLD co-sponsored DDW Maintenance of Certification Course will be Tuesday, May 21.
  • ABIM representatives will be in the DDW exhibit hall to answer questions.

AGA is committed to helping members navigate the new MOC requirements and provide information on products and resources we have developed to assist with maintaining members’ certificates. Learn more about AGA’s MOC approved products.  

Note from our editors: This article is the last in a six-part series aimed to walk you through the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) future implementation of changes in physician certification. Read the previous articles: “Why Maintain Your Certification?”, “Recertification Requirements: What You Need to Know”, “Recertification: Self-Evaluation Requirements”, “AGA Creates Board Certification and Recertification Prep Tool”, and “Navigating the Changing Recertification Landscape”.

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