PolicyMed.com (12/16/18) Sullivan, Thomas
An American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) commission tasked with vetting Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs has released a draft report listing recommendations for future continuing certification programs. The report is aligned with nine guiding principles set by the commission, including clarifying that initial certification and continuing certification have very different purposes; supporting continuous enhancement of clinical care; expanding continuing certification programs outside the assessment of medical knowledge; and assessing and improving program efficacy with the goal of improving physicians' skills and knowledge. Among the commission's recommendations is that ABMS Boards work with professional and CME/CPD organizations to establish a continuing certification system that serves the public while supporting diplomates' commitments to be better physicians. In addition, it called on ABMS to urge hospitals, health systems, payers, and others to not refuse credentialing or privileging to a physician solely according to certification status. With regard to certifications, the commission recommends that ABMS and its Boards collaborate with other organizations to facilitate and encourage independent research, and ABMS Boards should collectively support a regular continuous quality improvement process and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of continuing certification programs.