The ABMS Maintenance of Certification program will require boards to implement processes described as promoting “continuous professional development and assessment," replacing the traditional re-certification exams currently taken by physicians.
Board processes for documenting continuing education and self-assessment requirements must be implemented by 2011. Processes for documenting practice-based assessment and quality-improvement requirements must be implemented by 2011.
Member boards must also require physicians to undergo a patient safety self-assessment program by 2012. The assessment will focus on the communication skills of physicians who have direct contact with patients and with peers. Communication skills will be measured using the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey (CAHPS) and other tools.
Source: American Board of Medical Specialties