Since 2011, ABMS began reporting whether physicians who are board certified by one or more of the 24 ABMS Member Boards are participating in the ABMS MOC program established by their certifying Member Board(s). The ABMS database is the central repository for this information which is displayed through the ABMS Solutions’ product set.
Explanation of Participating in MOC
Participating in MOC means that a physician is committed to and engaged in the assessment and learning activities required by his or her certifying board(s) to improve the effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of their practices. The physician’s certifying board(s) determines whether or not a physician is in compliance.
Displaying Board Certification and MOC Status in the ABMS Board Certification Credentials Profile
The “Certification” display includes the status of all a physician’s specialty (and subspecialty, if any) certificates from an ABMS Member Board. For each certificate listed, the status is shown as either “certified” or “not certified”.
The “Participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC)” display includes the status of all a physician’s specialty (and subspecialty, if any) certificates from an ABMS Member Board. For each certificate listed, either “Yes”, “No” or “Not Required” is shown to indicate status.
- “Yes” status indicates the physician is engaged in the MOC assessment and learning activities required by his or her certifying Member Board(s).
- “No” status may be listed due to a variety of reasons. For example, a physician may have chosen not to participate in MOC. Or, the physician may be participating, but not meeting the Member Board(s) MOC program requirements. More information is available from the particular ABMS Member Board.
- “Not required” status indicates that the physician became board certified before the Member Board established its MOC program and is therefore not required to participate. This is noted in a disclaimer at the bottom of the profile page.
If the participation status information is missing, the physician’s certifying Member Board(s) has not made it available to ABMS. Examples of why the information has not been provided to ABMS could include technical issues, delays in confirming the MOC status of a board certified physician, or other factors specific to the physician. ABMS will display publicly whether that physician is participating in MOC as soon as it receives the information from his or her certifying board(s).
See the ABMS Board Certification Credentials Profile Display of Board Certification and MOC Participation FAQs[PDF] document