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The Value of Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

A physician's ability to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to quality through continuous certification is gaining attention among the public and regulatory, licensing, and accrediting organizations. In a 2003 Gallup Poll, when asked - "if you knew your doctor's board certification had expired, would you change doctors?" - 54 percent of respondents replied that they would be "very likely to change."

Old models of recertification that were based entirely on a periodic exam are losing validity as organizations develop new ways to assess a physician's continuing ability to provide quality patient care. MOC moves beyond the old certification model to formally assess the diplomate's continuous commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. MOC offers a number of benefits for ABP-certified pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists including:

  • Opportunities to improve effectiveness, safety and efficiency of practice
  • Focused learning activities based on practice needs
  • Reduced redundancy in meeting external requirements for quality assessment
  • Possible reduction in malpractice premiums
  • Alignment with physician incentive initiatives