A number of medical boards are in the process of reviewing their maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements and steps. Jeffrey Lyness, MD, psychiatry director for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), professor of psychiatry and neurology, and senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, in New York, presented at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) 2016 Annual Meeting this month and reported that the ABPN is not likely to make any major changes anytime soon to the MOC process. There were some minor changes for 2016 making the requirements for Part IV, the Improvement in Medical Practice module, which is also known as the Performance in Practice (PIP) module, more flexible.
For the PIP this year, ABPN diplomates can choose either a clinical or a feedback module. In 2015, the clinical module was required, and in 2014, diplomates were expected to do both. Psychiatrists can receive clinical module credit for a wide variety of activities, including completing institutional quality improvement (QI) activities, completing professional QI activities, such as participating in registries, and through meaningful participation in the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS’) Portfolio Project. Completion of the “Feedback module” requirements can be met through patient or peer surveys, for example, institutional peer review and supervisor evaluation.
Part IV is a three-step process that includes initial assessment, identifying areas that need improvement and implementing an improvement process, and then undertaking a reassessment. Another new requirement beginning in 2016 is that psychiatrists who are being certified or recertified must take a patient safety course. The ABPN will be listing approved courses on its website.
Lyness JM. Update On Geriatric Psychiatry Maintenance Of Certification Program. Journal of the American Association For Geriatric Psychiatry.2016;24(3) Supl 1. Abstracts from the 2016 AAGP Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. March 17–20, 2016. Session 207.
Ault A. MOC: No Changes for Psychiatry, Neurology Anytime Soon. Medscape Medical News. Website http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/860742. Published March 22, 2016. Accessed March 22, 2016