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The impact of physician maintenance of certification – Summer 2014
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Board Certified DocsDue to continuous advancements in health care technology and medical practices, it is essential for physicians to stay up-to-date in their respective specialties. The American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program ensures continuous professional development amongst board certified physicians. Participation in the MOC program allows physicians to actively participate in continuous learning, while improving the quality of the care provided to their patients.

The trend of continuous learning and maintaining education is not slowing down thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s goals to improve quality of care while also reducing overall health care costs. Beginning in January 2015, physician payments will be linked to the quality of care provided to patients, not the volume of patients treated. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have identified the ABMS’ MOC as an indicator of quality and their Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) provides eligible health care professionals the opportunity to earn an additional incentive for participating in the MOC program.

With the changes in the health care industry moving toward a focus of quality, not quantity, hospitals need to know their physicians are maintaining a high standard of care. Participation in the ABMS’ MOC program can help physicians improve patient outcomes, which is good for patients, and for business.

To see if your physicians participate in ABMS’ MOC program, visit, or contact Bryan Mee at 1-800-523-1649, ext. 3276

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