ASK THE ABA - SPOTLIGHT QUESTION

My certification expires in 2016. Do I need to register for MOCA 2.0™?

Yes. If your certification expires this year, we urge you to register for MOCA 2.0 as soon as possible to ensure that you can complete your requirements by the end of the year.

To register, you will log into your ABA portal account to confirm your personal information, verify your medical license(s), e-sign various forms, fill in your practice profile, and pay the $210 annual MOCA 2.0 fee by credit card. If you have a credit on account, you will see the credit reflected in the total.

You must complete all registration steps before being able to access MOCA Minute™ questions, and must complete registration each year that you participate in MOCA 2.0. If you did not already take and pass the MOCA exam, you will need to complete 30 MOCA Minute questions each calendar quarter, for a total of 120 questions for the year. The sooner you register, the sooner you can access your questions.

To help you complete registration, we created an overview video and step-by-step instructional PDF.

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The ABA doesn’t use the term “Board Eligible” as a status, but does use “in the ABA examination system” as a designation for physicians whose Part 1 or ADVANCED Examination registration is accepted. Candidates with two or more prior voided applications will not be considered “candidates in the ABA examination system” until they pass the Part 1 Examination.
 
Candidates who completed residency training prior to Jan. 1, 2012, have until Jan. 1, 2019 to complete their certification requirements. Candidates who finish their residency training on or after Jan. 1, 2012, have seven years from the last day of their residency graduation year to complete all certification requirements.
 
The duration of candidate status policy, which is defined in the Booklets of Information, explains the “in the ABA examination system” status in more detail.

Diplomates are considered to be “participating in MOCA” if by the end of Year 5 year of their MOCA cycle they have satisfactorily completed their Professionalism and Professional Standing requirement (Part 1), half of their required CME credits (Part 2) and one Improvement in Medical Practice (Part 4) activity.

A case evaluation, also known as a practice improvement project or quality improvement project, may be completed by an individual physician or as part of a practice group or hospital. Diplomates who complete a case evaluation as part of a group must submit individual documentation, rather than a single group report.

No. Beginning in 2015, you must be a diplomate of the ABA to register for a subspecialty exam. You cannot register for a subspecialty exam before you pass the Part 2 Examination. 

If you completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship in pain medicine (1999 or later) and are meeting the requirements of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA), you are eligible to take the Pain Medicine Exam. The ABA stopped offering “grandfathering” criteria for the pain medicine exam based on clinical practice of pain medicine in 1998. Therefore, all diplomates who wish to take the pain medicine exam in 2015 or later must have completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship.
2015 is the last year for diplomates to register for the Pediatric Anesthesiology Certification Examination with grandfathering criteria. After 2015, all registrants will be required to have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited pediatric anesthesiology fellowship to be eligible to register for this exam. Although 2015 is the last year to register with grandfathering criteria, physicians will have until Jan. 1, 2019 to complete the certification exam.

The current MOCA requirements are in effect until Dec. 31, 2015. Therefore, diplomates who will complete the first five years of their 10-year MOCA cycle at the end of 2015 are required to fulfill one Part 4 activity by then. Diplomates have the option of completing one of the current Part 4 activities, which include a Case Evaluation or Simulation Course. Diplomates who do not complete a Part 4 activity prior to Dec. 31, 2015 will not be considered participating in MOCA and will be listed on the ABA website as not Meeting MOC Requirements. As of Jan. 1, 2016, all MOCA participants who are currently certified will be enrolled in MOCA 2.0 and will be able to choose from a list of expanded activities to fulfill the Part 4 requirement. Each activity will have points associated with it and diplomates will be required to accumulate a certain number of points to fulfill their Part 4 requirement. Details about the new activities and their associated points is expected to be announced in late summer. For information about your progress in your MOCA cycle, you can call the ABA’s Communication Center at (866) 999-7501 or email them at coms@theaba.org.

Maintaining both primary and subspecialty certifications helps you maintain a breadth of knowledge in both anesthesiology and your subspecialty, which benefits your practice and patient safety. Additionally, there are overlapping requirements. Activities completed in each part will be applied to both MOCA and MOCA-SUBS requirements. You may choose to maintain only your subspecialty certification; however, we strongly encourage you to also maintain your primary certification.

The ABA has been collaborating with a group of volunteer diplomates since early 2014 to redesign the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA). The redesign, known as MOCA 2.0, was inspired by diplomate feedback, 10 years of program data and technological advances that now allow us to provide our diplomates with customized learning and assessment. The Board announced details about MOCA 2.0 in April. Click here to view the announcement and MOCA 2.0 FAQs.
 
As of Jan. 1, 2016, simulation will become an optional Part 4 activity. The Board considers simulation a valuable education tool and will continue to strongly encourage it; however, we are developing a variety of Part 4 options that will give diplomates greater flexibility to complete activities relevant to their practice. The Board will award points to diplomates completing MOCA Part 4 activities based on the time and effort required to complete them. A minimum number of Part 4 points will be required for all diplomates participating in MOCA 2.0. We will share the details about the point system in the coming months.