ACS Recertification Process New Requirements Division of Trauma Faculty Meeting 20 May 2009
Sample Letter Dear Dr. X:In 2005 the American Board of Surgery (ABS) began the transition from traditional recertification to Maintenance of Certification (MOC), a continuous professional development program. ABS diplomates are enrolled in MOC once they certify or recertify in any specialty after July 1, 2005. Our records indicate that you certified in Surgical Critical Care on 10/03/2005 and therefore are currently enrolled in the ABS MOC Program. Diplomates enrolled in MOC must complete education and assessment activities throughout the 10-year certification cycle to maintain their certificate. In addition, diplomates are required to report to the ABS at three-year intervals regarding their MOC participation. MOC years run from July 1 to June 30, starting the July 1 following certification or recertification. As you entered MOC as of July 1, 2006, you are required to report to the ABS about your MOC activities by June 30, 2009.
MOC Process To submit this information, go to the “My Records” section of the ABS website, www.absurgery.org. Log in with the username and password noted above, then click on “MOC Timeline” on the left. A personalized MOC timeline will appear, with a link at the top of the page to an “MOC Status Form.” This form must be completed in full and submitted online by June 30. No further action is required unless you are contacted by the ABS.
MOC Requirements The form is to be completed with the following information: • The state and registration number of your valid, full and unrestricted medical license. • The institutions where you currently hold admitting and operating privileges. • Contact information for the chief of surgery and chair of credentials/privileges committee at the institution where the majority of your work is performed. • Your CME and self-assessment activities from the past three years (July 2006-June 2009). Diplomates are required to complete 90 hours of Category I CME and 150 hours overall over three years. Out of the 90 hours of Category I CME, 30 hours must include a self-assessment activity. At the current time, the ABS will accept as self-assessment any Category I activity which incorporates a question-and-answer exercise. Diplomates should be able to furnish proof of completion for all Category I CME if requested. • The practice assessment program in which you are participating.
Quality Assessment Requirement • Diplomates are required to participate in a local, regional or national outcomes database or quality assessment program. Some acceptable programs would include: • American College of Surgeons Practice-Based Learning (case log) System (with 30-day complications) • Bariatric surgery databases (ACS or ASMBS) • Burn registries (ABA accredited) • CMS Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) • National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) • National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP) • National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) • National Trauma Registry System (NTRACS) • Others listed in letter from ACS
MOC Reporting Requirements • Note that diplomates who are certified in more than one ABS specialty will not be required to repeat this reporting for each certificate. They will continue to report in three-year intervals according to the timeline of the certification or recertification which triggered their initial enrollment in MOC. This participation in MOC will be credited toward any other certificates a diplomate may hold. Only the secure examination (Part 3) must be completed for each certificate/specialty.Diplomates who do not meet MOC requirements by the end of a three-year cycle will be given a one-year grace period in which to come into compliance. Diplomates who continue not to participate will have their status reported as “Not Certified.”
Useful Links • VUMC CME • www.cme.vanderbilt.edu/login.php • JACS Online CME • http://ubuntu.facs.org/ • ACS Case log • www.acscaselog.org • ABS • www.absurgery.org