By  | January 11, 2017 |  0
After two years of study and conversation with the Internal Medicine community, the American Board of Internal Medicine announced just before the holidays that it has landed on a “next step” for maintenance of certification. In a video message to the members, CEO Dr Richard Baron says, “Medicine today is transforming at a rapid and […]
By  | November 7, 2016 |  0
First I hear the American Board of Pediatrics ordains hospital medicine as a bonafide subspecialty. Then, for the adults among us, CMS issues a hospitalist specialty code.  No joke.  A specialty code–go live on April 3, 2017. This has been a laborious task and years in the making. Have a lookie: If you are scratching your […]
By  | October 21, 2016 |  0
  We have more details on what the ABIM is considering regarding changes to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process since they last announced some very high-level ideas in the spring. The ABIM is now requesting feedback through a member survey on some proposed options to update its controversial MOC process. Specifically, they are outlining two […]
By  | July 1, 2016 |  0
The assault on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and the use of high-stakes exams continues. The AMA House of Delegates met this month in Chicago and came up with a set of resolutions addressing the use of high-stakes exams: “RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association call for the immediate end of any mandatory, secured recertifying examination […]
By  | May 5, 2016 |  6
This morning the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) published on its website a press release about new testing options for MOC.  The statement is short on details, but promises substantial change. The plan, arising from the recommendations in last year’s Assessment 2020 Task Force report and created after gathering input from stakeholders and physicians, […]
By  | November 1, 2015 |  1
Because hospitalists lack a specialty code for billing (probably forthcoming), and we do not have formal board certification (I would bet it’s in our future), anyone interested in identifying hospitalists beyond their hospital walls has a tough slog.  You can call several thousand hospitals and speak with the appropriate department and question; you can call […]