MOC: Improving quality and safety

By James R. Kasser, MD

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is a process that assures the public of physician expertise and ongoing competence in medical specialties by establishing standards for physician education, testing, and performance. The MOC Program, established by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) seeks to amplify the benefits of recertification in promoting physician performance improvement and educational update.

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) deployed the program 3 years ahead of schedule to ensure mandatory compliance and a productive program.

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