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COVID-19 FAQs

For additional information, please visit our COVID-19 Update page:

 
 

MOC Cycle Ending in 2020

My MOC cycle ends in 2020. What are my options to enroll and pay this year?  

You will have the following options: 

  1. Annual Payment Option: Choose the annual payment option and pay for the first year when you enroll. Your next payment will be due by the end of 2021. 
  2. Annual Payment Option with Deferral: Choose the annual payment option and defer your 2020 payment. Next year you will pay both the deferred 2020 and the 2021 fee. 
  3. Five-Year Cycle Fee: Make a one-time payment for your entire five-year cycle.  

Important: Regardless of which option you choose, you must complete the enrollment process by no later than Dec. 17, 2020, at 3 p.m. ET.

No proof of hardship is required to be eligible for the fee deferral. 

If I do not complete my MOC Part 2 and Part 4 points by June 1, 2020, how will the COVID-19 MOC points be reflected in my Portfolio?

If you are not able to complete your remaining MOC points by June 1, 2020, the ABP will award enough COVID-19 MOC points to satisfy your remaining Part 2 and Part 4 requirements (40 Part 2 Points, 40 Part 4 Points, and 20 Additional Points). The points will be visible in the Maintenance of Certification and My Activities sections within your ABP Portfolio by mid-June.

Example: Physician whose MOC Cycle ends in 2020

 

Current MOC Points

After Additional COVID-19 Points Added

Part 2 Points (40 required)

20

40

Part 4 Points (40 required)

0

40

Additional Points (20 required)

0

20

Note: All physicians whose cycle ends in 2020 will get enough points to meet their requirements

 

If I do complete my MOC Part 2 and Part 4 points by June 1, 2020, how will the COVID-19 MOC points be reflected in my Portfolio?

If you complete your MOC points by June 1, 2020, the ABP will award 25 Part 2 points and 25 Part 4 points in January 2021 to count toward your next MOC cycle. In January 2021, the points will be visible in the Maintenance of Certification and My Activities sections within your ABP Portfolio.

What happens if I do not enroll by the Dec. 17, 2020, deadline?

The ABP will ensure you have the required MOC points to enroll into your next MOC cycle; however, you must still enroll by 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 17, 2020. If you are unable to enroll by Dec. 17, 2020, your board certification will expire.

 

MOC Cycles Not Ending in 2020

My MOC cycle does not expire this year. How will the COVID-19 MOC points be reflected in my Portfolio?

The ABP will award 25 Part 2 points and 25 Part 4 points in June 2020. The points will be visible in the Maintenance of Certification and My Activities sections within your ABP Portfolio by mid-June. Here are two examples of how the addition of these points would impact a pediatrician's ABP Portfolio.

Example 1: Physician whose MOC cycle ends in 2022
 

 

Current MOC Points

After Additional COVID-19 Points Added

Part 2 Points (40 required)

40

40

Part 4 Points (40 required)

0

25

Additional Points (20 required)

5

20

Note: The 25 Part 2 points were applied to complete the additional points requirement.

 
Example 2: Physician whose MOC Cycle ends in 2022
 

 

Current MOC Points

After Additional COVID-19 Points Added

Part 2 Points (40 required)

20

40

Part 4 Points (40 required)

25

40

Additional Points (20 required)

0

15

Note: Points are added first to the Part 2 and Part 4 points requirement. Once these are completed (40 points) the remaining points go to the additional points column.

 
 

Additional MOC Points for COVID-19 Related Work

Can I claim additional MOC Part 2 points for COVID-19-related learning and self-assessment?

Yes. If you complete an activity related to COVID-19 that is approved for MOC Part 2, those points will automatically be credited to your ABP Portfolio through our current agreement with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). If you are working on a COVID-19-related activity already approved for CME, please talk to your CME provider about also awarding MOC Part 2 credit for the activity.

Can I claim additional MOC Part 4 credit for COVID-19 related quality improvement?

Yes. In addition to the COVID-19 Part 4 points awarded by the ABP (no documentation required), you also can submit any quality improvement (QI) work related to COVID-19 to the ABP for credit through our small group quality improvement project application.

The ABP also is discussing a new Part 4 pathway specifically for COVID-19-related QI work and will release more information as it becomes available.

 

MOCA-Peds

I am currently participating in MOCA-Peds to meet my exam requirement. How is MOCA-Peds being impacted by COVID-19?

Up to two (2) quarters from 2020 will be automatically dropped when calculating your cumulative scaled score if those quarters would have negatively impacted your score. These quarters are in addition to the four (4) dropped quarters already built into the MOCA-Peds program.

How will questions or quarters skipped due to the pandemic appear within the MOCA-Peds platform?

The MOCA-Peds platform does not reflect in real time which quarters will be dropped. All questions are scored within the platform and unanswered questions are listed as incorrect. If a quarter is dropped as part of the COVID-19 accommodation, the unanswered or incorrectly answered questions from that quarter will not be included in your final score.

How does this impact Part 2 credit for MOCA-Peds?

MOC Part 2 credit for MOCA-Peds will continue to be applied for each quarter that the passing standard is met.

 

MOC Fees

My MOC cycle ends in 2020. What are my options to enroll and pay this year?

You will have the following options:

  1. Annual Payment Option: Choose the annual payment option and pay for the first year when you enroll. Your next payment will be due by the end of 2021. 
  2. Annual Payment Option with Deferral: Choose the annual payment option and defer your 2020 payment. Next year you will pay both the deferred 2020 and the 2021 fee.
  3. Five-Year Cycle Fee: Make a one-time payment for your entire five-year cycle.

Important: Regardless of which option you choose, you must complete the enrollment process by no later than Dec. 17, 2020, at 3 p.m. ET.

No proof of hardship is required to be eligible for the fee deferral.

I have already selected the annual payment option. What are my options for making a payment this year?

You can elect to make your annual payment as scheduled in 2020 or defer it until the end of 2021. If you defer your fee this year, next year you will pay both the deferred 2020 and the 2021 fee.

Important: If you choose to defer your 2020 payment, you must complete the annual payment process between Nov. 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020. Payment deferral will not be available outside of that window.

No proof of hardship is required to be eligible for the fee deferral.