The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Process within the Office of Continuing Medical Education will help USA physicians understand and meet requirements of their specialty boards to maintain certification in their specialties.
The USA MOC Process focuses on requirements for Part IV “Practice Performance Assessment.” The thirteen out of twenty-four certifying boards formed a national Multi-specialty Part IV MOC Program that approves institutions to award Part IV credit to physicians who participate in institutional quality improvement (QI) projects. USA is currently seeking approval as a MOC provider. Once approved USA MOC Process will oversee the documentation that QI projects meet national requirements and awards Part IV credit to physicians who participate in those projects.
The MOC Process provides:
- An institutional resource regarding MOC requirements across specialties.
- Guidance to departments in developing a plan for selecting QI projects over time
to be documented for Part IV credit so that USA physicians in that specialty
have the opportunity to meet this recertification requirement as part of their
routine work activity.
- Guidance to QI project leads regarding:
• national requirements for a QI project to qualify for Part IV credit
• how to document that those requirements have been met
- Formal approval of qualifying projects
- Management of the process and documentation for:
• individual physician participation and Part IV credit
• reporting this information through the National Program to specialty boards (once approved as a MOC provider)
• reporting to the National Program regarding the results of QI projects for
which Part IV credit has been designated (once approved as a MOC provider)