ABIM Responds to MOC Petition Addressing Costs, Time

Shelley Wood

April 29, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Late Monday, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) posted a statement on its website in response to the cardiologist-led petition to recall the recent changes to the MOC process[1].

As reported by heartwire , the petition was created by Dr Paul Teirstein (Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA) on March 10; the number of signatures has now surpassed 10 400.

The letter in response to the petition is from ABIM president and CEO Dr Richard J Baron, who also spoke with heartwire last week. In it, he acknowledges the "many important issues" raised by the petition and responds to the key points and complaints.

No mention is made, however, of any plans to delay the April 30 deadline to register or to reverse the changes. After April 30, as previously noted, the ABIM will begin publicly reporting that physicians who are not registered are "not meeting MOC requirements."

An ABIM spokesperson said only that the board "will be reviewing the petition and other feedback we are receiving."

Baron's letter addresses the costs but estimates these to be between $200 and $400 per year, which "includes not only the first exam attempt in each certification area, but also unlimited access to ABIM's Self-Evaluation of Medical Knowledge and Self-Evaluation of Practice Assessment products."

Baron also reiterated a point he made to heartwire , namely that the time commitment is also not as onerous as many believe, just five to 20 hours per year (except in exam years, where the commitment is "longer").

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