Vision Commission releases MOC survey findings

The ‘Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future (Vision Initiative) Commission’ has released the final version of its general stakeholder survey that will serve as the basis for the recommendations it submits to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Boards’ as part of its efforts to reform physician maintenance of certification (MOC) programs.

The stakeholder groups include “physicians, non-physician providers, and other stakeholders involved in the delivery of health care, and the general public.”

The survey found that “a small percentage of physicians value MOC, a larger portion has either mixed views or do not value MOC. They currently see MOC as too costly and burdensome, not an accurate depiction of their abilities or relevant to their practice, and duplicative. However, physicians see some value in MOC for its CME opportunities and tracking, focus on lifelong learning, keeping physicians up to date, and self-assessment programs.”

The survey also discovered that physicians “want continuing certification to include a focus on relevant CME opportunities, self-assessment delivered at regular intervals, open book
testing, and an assessment of the quality and safety of the care provided.”

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has played a key leadership role in the MOC reform effort – as MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. serves on the Vision Initiative Commission.

The Vision Initiative Commission is “responsible for assessing the status of continuing board certification and making recommendations to help enable the current process to become a system that demonstrates the profession’s commitment to professional self-regulation, offers a consistent and clear understanding of what continuing certification means, and establishes a meaningful, relevant and valuable program that meets the highest standard of quality patient care.”

The Vision Initiative Commission will submit its final recommendations to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its Member Boards on February 1, 2019.

The Vision Initiative website – – allows physicians to “actively engage in the process through a dedicated section for feedback and input.”

Contact Palmisano at with questions related to the Vision Commission.

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