2015 National Policy Forum Report Now Available
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2015 National Policy Forum Report Now Available

A recap of the 2015 National Policy Forum discussions is now available. Capturing the insights shared by Forum speakers, the summary identifies key implications of system transformation for medical specialty practice and the ABMS certification community.

Dr. Catherine R. Lucey on MOC
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Dr. Catherine R. Lucey on MOC

In a video interview, Dr. Catherine R. Lucey, Vice Dean for Education at UCSF School of Medicine, talks about how MOC helps busy physicians to make sure they're not just superficially addressing their areas of expertise.

ABMS Visiting Scholar Researches Urology Practice Patterns
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ABMS Visiting Scholar Researches Urology Practice Patterns

Now that Joan S. Ko, MD, a Urology Resident at the James Buchanan Brady Uro­logical Institute and Department of Urology at Johns Hopkins University, has determined that variability exists in Medicare utilization and payment among urologists, the question is how can physicians use this information to improve their practice.

Margaret E. O'Kane on MOC
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Margaret E. O'Kane on MOC

In a video interview, Margaret E. O'Kane, a Public Member of the ABMS Board of Directors, explains why MOC is critical to the public, saying that it's a "warranty...that this physician is keeping up with the latest medical knowledge."

ABMS QI Forum 2015 News Release
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ABMS QI Forum 2015 News Release

Aligning quality improvement initiatives is making the processes physicians use to maintain their Board Certification easier and patients are benefitting. Those are among the findings of research presented at the Forum on Organizational Quality Improvement (QI Forum) hosted by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

Dr. Thomas H. Lee on MOC
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Dr. Thomas H. Lee on MOC

In a video interview, Dr. Thomas H. Lee, Jr. from Harvard Medical School discusses the importance of maintenance of certification (MOC) and of physicians' setting goals.

Public Input at ABMS
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Public Input at ABMS

Welcome to the ABMS Public Input Web page for the Committee on Certification (COCERT). Posted to this page for review is an application submitted by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) for a subspecialty certificate in Addiction Medicine.

MOC Brings a Smile to Pediatric Patients
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MOC Brings a Smile to Pediatric Patients

Plastic surgeon Donald Mackay, MD, FACS, FAAP, has spent quite a bit of time in foreign countries volunteering for Operation Smile. Working with colleagues from around the globe, he has seen the value in studying alternate techniques. “You might go overseas and think, ‘We have the best way of doing things,’ but there are some incredible surgeons you learn from,” he said.

ABMS/AAMC Call for MOC Activities
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ABMS/AAMC Call for MOC Activities

In its ongoing commitment to improve access to relevant Maintenance of Certification (MOC) activities, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is developing the ABMS MOC Directory powered by MedEdPORTAL (ABMS MOC Directory), an online repository of competency-based MOC activities.

ABMS Appoints New Member of Leadership Team

ABMS Appoints New Member of Leadership Team

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a leading organization that oversees physician Board Certification in the United States, has appointed Nick Smith as Vice President of Strategic Implementation for Academic Affairs.

2014 MOC Matters Platform: NOW CLOSED
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2014 MOC Matters Platform: NOW CLOSED

The MOC Matters Platform is now closed. All MOC: PQRS date submitted through the MOC Matters Platform will be sent to the respective Member Board for verification, and will be submitted on your behalf to CMS through the MOC Matters Platform.

ABMS Leaders Publish Perspective on ABMS MOC® in NEJM
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ABMS Leaders Publish Perspective on ABMS MOC® in NEJM

Recent criticisms about the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®), the evolution of continuing certification, and the 2015 MOC standards are the focus of a perspective article written by Mira Irons, MD, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Lois Margaret Nora, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

University of Michigan Health System Shares Eight QI-MOC Projects
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University of Michigan Health System Shares Eight QI-MOC Projects

The University of Michigan Health System was an early health care organization sponsor in the Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program (Portfolio Program). The university has conducted numerous quality improvement (QI) projects generated through their Portfolio Program participation and continues to do so. Eight of these QI projects and their outcomes are highlighted in Quality Improvement Projects Designated for Maintenance of Certification, Part IV.

National Policy Forum Report Now Available
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National Policy Forum Report Now Available

A report entitled Future of Practice: Implications for the ABMS Boards Certification System offering insights and opportunities for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Boards Community based on the presentations given at the ABMS’ fourth annual National Policy Forum is now available.

ABMS Call for Systems-based Practice and Interpersonal and Communication Skills MOC Activities
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ABMS Call for Systems-based Practice and Interpersonal and Communication Skills MOC Activities

As part of its commitment to improve the quality of health care through the integration of the American Board of Medical Specialties/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ABMS/ACGME) Core Competencies into the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®), ABMS invites all health care organizations and stakeholders to participate in the second ABMS Call for MOC Activities focused on System-based Practice and Interpersonal and Communication.

Optimizing Outcomes
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Optimizing Outcomes

Our Member Boards' innovative initiatives for integrating Maintenance of Certification activities into everyday practice directly benefit patients and can help physicians multipurpose this work to support other assessment programs.

ABMS Statement About IOM GME Report
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ABMS Statement About IOM GME Report

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recognizes the thoughtful and deliberate work of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and commends the Committee for its effort to achieve a stable, sustainable, and accountable system of public support for GME.

ABMS Announces New Board of Directors
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ABMS Announces New Board of Directors

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), composed of 24 Member Boards that oversee physician certification in the United States, announced the election of Valerie M. Parisi, MD, MPH, MBA, as the 35th Chair of its Board of Directors (BOD) along with a new Chair Elect, four new At-Large Members, and three current Board Members to serve on the Executive Committee at its BOD meeting on April 24 held in Washington, D.C.