Update on MOC When it comes to the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) controversial Maintenance of Certification (MOC) policies, the ACC has made it a top priority to determine the best ways forward in order to meet the needs of internal medicine physicians and the patients they serve. Two ACC Task Forces spent the last several months: 1) identifying how best to work with the ABIM on continued changes going forward; and 2) exploring alternatives to ABIM MOC certification, respectively. Both groups presented their recommendations to the ACC’s Board of Trustees in August. Coming out of the meeting, the BOT approved the following five actions: • ACC Immediate Past President Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC, and ACC Executive Vice President for Science, Quality and Education William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, were appointed as liaisons for continued communications with ABIM. • The ACC will work with ABIM to develop a new externally validated process for maintenance of competence to replace the 10-year exam. • The ACC will work with ABIM to research best practices for maintenance and demonstration of competence with eventual linkages to patient outcomes, cost and cost-effectiveness. • The ACC will support efforts to integrate federally mandated elements related to Part IV and patient experience into existing hospital and practice programs. • The ACC will continue its work toward an alternative board pending ongoing discussions with ABIM. For more on the ACC’s MOC efforts, as well as the latest updates regarding changes to the controversial MOC policies, visit the ACC’s MOC hub at ACC.org/MOC or the ACC in Touch Blog at blog.acc.org. Is Your ACC Member Profile Up-To-Date? The ACC wants to make sure it’s sending members only the most relevant information. To that end, we’re encouraging all members to update their ACC profile, including contact information, specialty areas, clinical interest areas and practice information. Up-to-date information enables us not only to maintain regular contact and consistently deliver upon our membership benefits, but also allows us to provide easy access to the things you need the most, including the latest news, Journal of the American College of Cardiology journals, guidelines, education programs and products, advocacy and more. Update your profile online at ACC.org/MyProfile. Joining Member Sections Member Sections are the driving force for putting ACC’s strategy into action. Member Sections provide in-depth clinical knowledge specific to each specialty and bring together a network of health care professionals with similar interests. To join ACC’s Member Sections and help drive initiatives within the College, opt-in on your dues statement, when you renew at ACC.org/Dues or call ACC’s Resource Center at (202) 375-6000, ext. 5603. Now Enrolling: Cardio-Oncology and CV Training As part of ACC’s dedication to innovation and meeting the needs of its members, the College has created two new sections: Cardio-Oncology and Cardiovascular Training. The Cardio-Oncology Member Section aims to fill gaps in resources for clinicians and allow specialists to share best practices, develop educational tools and practice standards, design training programs and advocate for the specialty. The Cardiovascular Training Section is responsible for planning programs as needed to promote networking and education for adult cardiology training directors and fellows in training (FIT), in order to increase participation of FIT members. Join these new Sections for free through 2016. ACC.org Clinical Topic Collections Feature Personalized Content The Clinical Topic Collections on ACC.org are designed to deliver the latest content anytime, anywhere. Led by expert editorial teams, the 20 Clinical Topic Collections house a variety of learning formats to meet ongoing educational needs: expert analysis articles, article reviews, patient case quizzes and clinical images. These Collections also provide links to related Member Section pages. Visit ACC.org/Clinical- Topics to see a full listing of available topic areas. Discover Member Section Pages Member Section pages on ACC.org give members online access to the latest section updates, including upcoming meetings, information on section leadership, and more. Member Section pages also feature content written by Section members on current hot-topic issues, as well as important news from across the College specific to each Section. Visit the ACC.org homepage and scroll down to ‘My Sections’ to access Member Section pages.
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