The End of Maintenance of Certification for Provider Credentialing

04/04/2023

The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process, which is used to ensure that healthcare providers remain up-to-date with the latest advances in medicine and keep their skills sharp, will no longer be used for provider credentialing. This decision comes after much debate about the effectiveness and fairness of the MOC process for providers. 

The MOC process requires providers to complete a number of activities in order to maintain their certification. This includes taking continuing medical education (CME) courses, passing board exams, and completing a certain number of practice hours in order to stay current with the latest medical advances.

However, the MOC process has been criticized for being overly burdensome and expensive for providers, as well as for creating an unfair advantage for those who have the resources to complete it. After much deliberation, the decision has been made to no longer use the MOC process for provider credentialing.

 This decision will be welcomed by many healthcare providers who have long felt that the MOC process was overly burdensome and expensive. Instead, providers will now be able to focus on providing quality care to their patients without having to worry about completing the MOC process.

 At the same time, this decision does not mean that providers will no longer have to maintain their skills and stay up-to-date with the latest advances in medicine. Providers will still be expected to obtain CME credits, keep up with their practice hours, and stay up-to-date with the latest trends and changes in the medical field.

The decision to no longer use the MOC process for provider credentialing will allow providers to focus on providing quality care to their patients without having to worry about the burden of the MOC process. It will also make the credentialing process fairer and more equitable for all providers, regardless of their resources.


Sources:

https://www.ama-assn.org/residents-students/residency-life/what-you-need-know-about-maintenance-certification-moc

https://www.abim.org/moc.aspx

https://www.acponline.org/acp-newsroom/maintenance-of-certification-update

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