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Participation in MOC Recognized by CMS

ABIM's MOC program has been included in CMS's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) MOC Program Incentive. This means ABIM Board Certified physicians who successfully participate in CMS's PQRS program can also earn an additional incentive payment by participating in ABIM's MOC program in 2014.

PQRS is a federal physician quality reporting program overseen by CMS. PQRS enables eligible physicians to earn incentive payments by reporting their performance on a designated set of quality measures. Physicians can earn an additional incentive payment by participating in the PQRS MOC Program Incentive program.

Note: Participation in MOC is independent of the PQRS program. There are no PQRS-related penalties associated with MOC participation.

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PQRS MOC: Advantages to Participating in 2014

  • If you successfully participate in PQRS reporting, you can receive an incentive payment equal to 0.5% of your estimated total allowed charges for covered Medicare Part B services.
  • If you successfully participate in PQRS reporting and successfully participate in the PQRS MOC Program Incentive program, you can receive the 0.5% PQRS incentive payment and an additional incentive payment of 0.5% for PQRS MOC.
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How to Earn the Additional Bonus

In order to qualify for the additional PQRS MOC Program Incentive bonus, you must fulfill the following requirements (in any order) anytime between January 1 – December 31, 2014.

  • Complete regular PQRS quality reporting for 2014. Report data on quality measures for a 12-month reporting period (January 1 – December 31, 2014), either as an individual or as part of a group, to CMS. Submit via any CMS-approved reporting option:
    • Medicare Part B claims reporting
    • CMS-qualified electronic health record
    • CMS-qualified registry
    • CMS-qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR)
    • Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO)

    Note: ABIM does not manage the PQRS quality reporting program. Please direct any questions to CMS for more information on how to participate, visit the CMS website, call 1-866-288-8912 or e-mail CMS.

  • Participate in ABIM's MOC program during 2014. In order to be eligible for this additional 0.5% incentive payment, you must maintain a current certificate throughout 2014 (January 1 – December 31, 2014).
  • Complete a practice assessment activity anytime between January 1 – December 31, 2014. Options for meeting this requirement include:
    • ABIM PIM Practice Improvement Modules®
    • Approved Quality Improvement (AQI) Pathway activities
    • An activity in the Multi-Specialty MOC Portfolio Program

    Note: All practice assessment activities qualify except Healthcare Improvement Skills Center (HISC), Completed Project PIM, Clinical Supervision PIM and TEAM: Teamwork Effectiveness Assessment Module.

    Good news! See patient survey bullet below for an opportunity to cover this requirement and the survey requirement all in one.

  • Complete a patient survey anytime between January 1 – December 31,2014.
  • The following ABIM PIMs include a patient survey; therefore, if you have completed or choose to complete one of these PIMs, you will satisfy this requirement and the above requirement:

    If you select a PIM, an AQI activity or an MOC Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program activity that does not include a patient survey, you can fulfill the patient survey requirement most efficiently by also completing one of the following:

    If you have already completed a patient survey via a third-party (i.e., your hospital or medical practice), you can meet this requirement by completing the patient survey attestation on the MOC Matters website.

  • Complete a medical knowledge activity anytime between January 1 – December 31, 2014: Options for meeting this requirement include ABIM medical knowledge modules or third-party medical knowledge activity.
  • Note: To be eligible, you must complete the activity during 2014 regardless of whether you have already fulfilled the medical knowledge requirement for your MOC cycle.
  • Complete attestation on the MOC Matters website. Please see below for more information on MOC Matters. ABIM will work with ABMS to verify your attestation and send it to CMS; however, CMS makes the final determination as to whether you have satisfactorily reported your PQRS measures. CMS also determines whether you have earned the PQRS and PQRS MOC incentive payments.
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MOC Matters: A Tool to Help Diplomates Meet CMS Quality Reporting Requirements

ABIM has partnered with American Board of Medical Specialties to create MOC Matters, a portal to assist you with meeting the PQRS and PQRS MOC Program Incentive program requirements.

MOC Matters gives you access to:

  • Attestation Page – Use the attestation to confirm the MOC activity you have completed in 2014. Your information will be verified by ABIM and sent to CMS. You must submit an attestation through the MOC Matters portal in order to earn the PQRS MOC Program Incentive bonus.
  • PQRSWizard Qualified Registry – CECity's registry an optional tool for reporting clinical measure data to CMS.
  • ABMS Patient Survey – An optional tool for meeting the patient survey requirement for PQRS MOC. See PQRS MOC Requirements above for other options.