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ACR Position on MOC Highlighted in Newsweek

Sep 18, 2015 12:03 pm

Newsweek has reported that the American Board of Internal Medicine has struggled in the last year with increasing criticism over its requirements for maintenance of certification, or MOC.  The American College of Rheumatology declared in a position statement issued late last month that ABIM and its parent group, the American Board of Medical Specialties, can no longer coast on assertions that their maintenance of certification program improves patient care. “It is incumbent upon the ABIM and/or the ABMS to engage a respected independent party to assess the impact of the MOC program and make the findings publicly available,” ACR's statement said. “If independent evaluation does not identify a substantial benefit to patient care, there must be a commitment to revise the program so that it achieves its ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.”  (Citation source

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