Last month, after receiving feedback from multiple industry stakeholders and medical societies, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) released a statement reversing changes made to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. In the statement, Dr. Richard Baron - President and CEO of ABIM - asserted:
"Effective immediately, diplomates who are meeting all other programmatic requirements will not lose certification simply for failure to enroll in MOC.
What does this mean for diplomates?
Diplomates who lost certification solely on the basis of failure to enroll in MOC or to pay MOC fees have now had their certification status updated to “Certified.” There is no further action they need to take.
Diplomates who wish to be reported as “Participating in MOC” must be enrolled in the MOC program, be current with their payments and be meeting ongoing program requirements.
Diplomates who earned initial certification since 2013 or renewed certification since 2014 who no longer wish to be enrolled in MOC this year as a result of this policy change may be eligible for a refund of their 2015 MOC enrollment fee(s). Please note that if ABIM provides a refund, MOC enrollment will be canceled, the physician’s status will be reported on abim.org and to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) as “Certified, Not Participating in MOC”, and the physician will no longer have access to ABIM activities or their MOC Status Report, which gives them their specific requirements and deadlines.
Diplomates must still meet 5 and 10 year MOC program milestones to maintain their certification."
For the full statement from Dr. Baron, please click here.