0
We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Letters |

Physician Quality and Maintenance of Certification—Reply

Christine K. Cassel, MD
JAMA. 2012;308(24):2562-2563. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.131781.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Extract

In Reply: In surveys by the ABIM, physicians who complete MOC say they find it to be a valuable experience but also raise some of the concerns voiced by Dr Frager and colleagues. The ABIM continues to look for ways to make MOC more relevant to practice and reflective of real-world medicine. At the same time, the assessments must be rigorous enough to reliably differentiate physicians in setting a psychometrically valid standard (of performance).

As to the research on the benefits of certification and MOC, there have been several studies linking certification to quality. Because MOC is a relatively new program, there is less research, but 2 studies1,2 reported that higher scores on the ABIM's MOC examination for internal medicine are associated with better performance on quality indicators for diabetes and mammography screening. In addition, a positive association was found between the rate at which preventive care services were delivered for Medicare patients and certification status in internal medicine or family medicine.3 Additionally, time since a physician's last board certification correlates with decline in quality of care for patients being treated for high blood pressure.4 More research needs to be done in this area.

Topics

Sign in

Create a free personal account to sign up for alerts, share articles, and more.

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview

Figures

Tables

References

Letters

December 26, 2012
Marc Stephen Frager, MD; Hal Scherz, MD; Alieta Eck, MD
JAMA. 2012;308(24):2562-2563. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.131778.
CME
Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign in

Create a free personal account to sign up for alerts, share articles, and more.

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();