About MOCA

The American Board of Medical Specialties Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®) was established in 1999. The ABMS charged its Member Boards, including the ABA, with implementing MOC activities that would assure the public that board certified physicians or diplomates demonstrate a commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety. The ABA launched its Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA) in 2004.  

ABA diplomates certified in 2000 or after hold time-limited certificates (TLCs) that expire after 10 years. Upon initial board certification, they are automatically enrolled in MOCA and have 10 years to complete all of the program requirements. Upon completion of the MOCA program, they receive another certificate that is good for 10 years. Participation in MOCA by non-time limited certificate holders (NTLs), those certified before 2000 whose certificates do not expire, is voluntary and encouraged.


MOCA Redesign – MOCA 2.0™

The ABA is redesigning the MOCA program to provide diplomates with opportunities to continuously learn and demonstrate proficiencies to provide better patient care. The program redesign, known as MOCA 2.0™, is meant to provide a more relevant and personalized approach to helping diplomates assess their knowledge and address knowledge gaps.
MOCA 2.0 is a web-based learning platform. At its core is the MOCA Minute™, an interactive learning tool the ABA is piloting to replace the decennial MOCA exam.
All diplomates with TLCs that expire in or after 2016 will be enrolled in MOCA 2.0, as will diplomates with NTLs who are participating in MOCA. NTLs not enrolled in MOCA will not be enrolled in MOCA 2.0, but are eligible and welcome to participate. MOCA 2.0 for subspecialties will launch in 2017. Until then, the MOCA requirements for diplomates with subspecialty certificates will not change.
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What is changing between MOCA and MOCA 2.0?

  MOCA MOCA 2.0 (Beginning in 2016)
PART 1: Professionalism and Professional Standing (PPS) Hold an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one jurisdiction of the United States (U.S.) or Canada. Furthermore, all U.S. and Canadian medical licenses that a diplomate holds must be unrestricted. No changes
PART 2: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLS) 250 Category 1 CMEs of which 90 must be ABA-approved Self-Assessment CMEs and 20 must be ABA-approved Patient Safety CMEs 250 Category 1 CMEs of which 20 must be ABA-approved Patient Safety CMEs. Self-Assessment CMEs are no longer required.
If you previously completed Self-Assessment CMEs, you will get credit for them in MOCA 2.0.
PART 3: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills (KJS) Pass the MOCA Exam once every 10 years. MOCA Minute™ pilot will replace the MOCA exam.
Diplomates must answer 30 questions per calendar quarter (120 per year).
PART 4: Improvements in Medical Practice (IMP) Complete both a case evaluation and a simulation course during the 10-year cycle. One activity must be completed between Years 1 to 5, and the second between Years 6 to 10. An attestation is due in Year 9. More options for activities with points awarded for each activity based on the time and effort associated with their completion. Diplomates must complete 25 points in Years 1-5 and 25 points in Years 6-10 for a total of 50 points per 10-year cycle. Click here for more details.
Fee $2,100 fee paid once every 10 years $210 annual participation fee

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