The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has announced plans to offer a new Maintenance of Certification (MOC) assessment option beginning in January 2018. Under the new option, physicians who “engage in and perform well” on shorter assessments would have the option to test out of the current 10-year exam. The 10-year exam, however, will also remain available as a second option. According to ABIM, this new option will be available for physicians maintaining certification in internal medicine, and, possibly, one or two subspecialties starting in January 2018. Based on feedback from these early adopters, ABIM expects to make this option available to additional subspecialties as quickly as possible over subsequent program cycles. The ABIM expects to provide more specific details about the alternative assessment option no later than Dec. 31, 2016. In the meantime, physicians with certifications that expire before the new assessment option is offered in their specialty will still need to take and pass the 10-year exam in order to maintain their certification. Finding an alternative to the 10-year examination has been one of the top MOC goals of the ACC and the rest of the internal medicine community. “MOC continues to rank among the top concerns of our internal medicine members, with the 10-year examination being the largest obstacle,” says ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC. “We applaud ABIM’s move in the direction of more flexibility in MOC requirements; however, we will need more details to see how it aligns with the ACC’s proposal.” Read more.