Changes to ABIM requirements continue to roll out; ASGE provides feedback

ASGE, along with other societies, continues to communicate and provide feedback to ABIM reflecting the desire of our members for flexibility, relevancy to clinical practice and a variety of options throughout the maintenance of certification process.  

This week, ABIM sent out a communication to diplomates, indicating that diplomates and gastroenterologists are required to complete at least one MOC activity every two years and earn 100 MOC points every five years. Part IV remains optional and, for now, diplomates will not have their certification status changed for not having completed activities in Practice Assessment, Patient Voice or Patient Safety.

ABIM’s “Knowledge Check-In” is being rolled out in phases, with the first cohort involving internists and nephrologists.  On September 5, 2017, ABIM announced that the Knowledge Check-In would be non-consequential for internists and nephrologists who did not pass in 2018 – the first year it is offered in those specialties. This means diplomates who are not successful will have at least one additional opportunity to pass the Knowledge Check-In two years later. The ABIM Board recently decided to extend this policy so that all physicians who are not successful the first year the Knowledge Check-In is available in their subspecialty will have at least one additional opportunity to pass it. Gastroenterologists will be included in the 2019 cohort.

It should also be noted that during the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) meeting on September 25-27, 2017, it was announced that a commission was being formed to review MOC concerns. The commission will consist of 21 to 25 members chosen by a planning committee. This committee will include public members as well as representatives from the following groups:

  1. ABMS
  2. Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
  3. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  4. Council of Medical Specialty Societies
  5. Council of Medical Education of the American Medical Association
  6. The Coalition for Physician Accountability

A national survey as part of a comprehensive assessment of the current system for MOC will be conducted.  Based on the findings, the planning committee and the commission will identify key questions to answer. The commission will hold hearings, provide public updates, and test and seek feedback on concepts and ideas.  We will continue to monitor the progression of this work and, when appropriate, provide comments and recommendations on behalf of ASGE members.  

For more information on the ABIM Knowledge Check-In, click here.