February 5th, 2015
The ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification Program: What’s Next?
This week the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) made a public apology as it announced major changes to its maintenance of certification (MoC) program, including a 2-year suspension of its practice assessment, patient voice, and patient safety requirements. As we know, during the past year controversy has been swirling about the ABIM and the planned recertification every two years. However, with this new apology from the ABIM, I don’t know what happens next.
I don’t need an apology. I need a plan. I need to know that the folks caring for me, my family, and my patients are up to snuff. As providers, we all want a way to self-govern and to make quality improvement integral to our professional lives. That’s my goal, at least. I don’t care about the condo (see this Dr. Wes blog post for background). I don’t care that there’s a new board. I just want to do my job and have a plan in place so that standards are high.
Toward that end, I was ready to do my patient surveys. I was even ready to do my quality improvement! But now I don’t know what I’m going to do. Now I have no plan for the next 2 years.
That said, bigger things are going on in the world and in my life, but it would have been nice to have at least this issue squared away. Instead we are left in a state of limbo while this gets figured out.
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Are you maintaining your composure as you confront the new announcement about MoC?