Dear Doctor Weiss,
The College is sensitive to the frustrations you shared about MOC. We have heard ACP members voice these same frustrations many times. I assure you that the College has worked tirelessly on this issue. MOC has been and continues to be a primary agenda item for ACP’s Board of Regents, Board of Governors and Education and Publication Committee.
As you’re probably aware, ABMS and ABIM determine the need for and the direction of the MOC program and it appears that MOC, in some form, will be part of the future of internal medicine for some time. As such, the College’s time is being spent on improving the efficiency of the process, optimizing the educational value to internists and increasing flexibility in complying with MOC requirements.
We have made some progress towards these goals, but still have a ways to go. Here are just some examples. We did convince ABIM to accept practice performance data that is generated as part of a practice’s routine work flow rather than requiring a separate, redundant effort to gather and report data for MOC. Also, ABIM agreed to accept ACP’s MKSAP for MOC credit. This allows MKSAP users to use this one product for self-assessment, CME, MOC and to study for the ABIM exam.
We understand that the MOC process can be tedious and time consuming. That’s why we offer ACP members a variety of resources to help. Here’s the link to ACP MOC resources: http://www.acponline.org/education_recertification/recertification/
Beyond MOC there are other critically important aspects of ACP membership. We believe we offer some of the best, if not the best, CME products in all of medicine through MKSAP and ACP’s annual Internal Medicine conference. Our flagship publication, Annals of Internal Medicine, ranks as one of the top medical journals in the world and is widely read and cited by general internists and subspecialists. We’re offering several new clinical information products to ACP members – a point-of-care resource called ACP Smart Medicine due out this fall, and ACP JournalWise, a customizable journal surveillance service being used by nearly 30,000 ACP members (http://www.acponline.org/clinical_information/journals_publications/journalwise/).
The College also provides a portfolio of products and services to assist our members in improving their practices. These range from practical coding tools to more complex issues like achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home certification.
ACP aggressively advocates for internists and patients at the federal and state level (through ACP’s Chapters). Increasingly, the White House, Congress, HHS, CMS and other agencies call on the College to represent the viewpoints of physicians. Here is a list of some recent advocacy “wins”. http://www.acponline.org/advocacy/advocacy_in_action/top_10_advocacy.htm
Dr. Weiss, the College will continue to commit time and resources to improving the ABIM MOC process, reducing other administrative burdens, and improving practice operations so that our physician members can spend more time with their patients.
As always, I am happy to discuss this with you further if you would like. Please feel free to call or email me with any concerns you have. My contact information is provided below.
I have no doubt that you are an excellent physician. I also think that maintaining your ACP membership will help you stay at the top of your game.
David Sgrignoli, MD