Maintenance of Certification
(MOC) FAQ

Changes to MOC have you scratching your head? Here are answers to some of the most common questions AGA receives from members.

Several changes went into effect in 2014. For all ABIM Board Certified physicians, ABIM reports whether or not you are “participating in MOC.” In order to be listed as participating in MOC, you are required to earn 100 MOC points every five years with at least some activity every two years.

ABIM had created a requirement for MOC points in the categories of patient safety and patient voice. But on Feb. 3, 2015, the ABIM issued a notice that they would be suspending the Practice Assessment, Patient Voice and Patient Safety requirements for at least two years. This means that no internist will have his or her certification status changed for not having completed activities in these areas. In 2018, the ABIM confirmed an indefinite suspension of requiring specific types of MOC points.

Beginning this year, the ABIM will offer a 2-year assessment option. Called a Knowledge Check-In (KCI), the assessment is offered multiple times a year and can be taken in your home or office. The KCI will take approximately 3 hours and will cover the breadth of gastroenterology and hepatology. In its inagural year, the exam will follow the same blueprint as the 10-year option.

Beginning in 2019, ABIM offers a 2-year assessment option. Called a Knowledge Check-In (KCI), the assessment is offered multiple times a year and can be taken in your home or office. The KCI will take approximately 3 hours and will cover the breadth of gastroenterology and hepatology. In its inaugural year, the exam will follow the same blueprint as the 10-year option.

The 2019 KCIs will be “no consequence.” This means that if your certification is set to expire in 2019 and you are not successful on your KCI, you will not be penalized. You will have the opportunity to take 2-year KCI in 2021 or the 10-year long-form exam in 2020 to maintain your certification. This does not mean that you can skip the assessment. If your certification expires in 2019 and you skip the assessment, your status will change to Not Certified.

The ABIM offers a number of resources to help decide which assessment option is right for you: Two Assessment Options: Choice, Relevance, Convenience.

Yes. You will remain Board Certified for your lifetime. But ABIM will now qualify your credential of board certification, by reporting it as either:  Board certified – Participating in MOC OR Board Certified – Not Participating in MOC.

If you hold certification(s) that are valid indefinitely, you will not lose those certifications(s). But if you are on a time limited certification, you will lose your certification status if you do not participate in MOC.

Previously, you were required to earn some points (no minimum) in the area of Patient Safety. In February 2015, ABIM issued a notice that they would be suspending the Patient Safety requirements for at least two years. In 2018, the ABIM confirmed an indefinite suspension of requiring specific types of MOC points.

Previously, you were required to earn some points (no minimum) in the area of Patient Voice. In February 2015, ABIM issued a notice that they would be suspending the Patient Voice requirements for at least two years. In 2018, the ABIM confirmed an indefinite suspension of requiring specific types of MOC points.

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