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Frequently Asked Questions

Maintenance of Certification at BCM
For questions, please contact the BCM MOC Program



Contact the BCM MOC Program for assistance or with any questions regarding available opportunities to earn MOC Part 4 credit/points through the BCM MOC Program.


By participating in the BCM MOC Program, physicians/PAs are able to:

  • work on improvement needs identified by and relevant to physicians/PAs and their patients;
  • engage in cross-specialty collaborations to align, facilitate, and expedite improvements that enhance care and patient experience;
  • connect with other participating physicians/PAs to learn from and share best practices; and
  • receive help with project documentation and reporting required for earning MOC Part 4 credit/points from participating ABMS Member Boards or the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).


SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Physicians/PAs who meet ALL below criteria described are eligible to submit through the BCM MOC Program requests for MOC Part 4 credit/points consideration for their qualified QI efforts.

  • You must be a BCM or BCM-affiliated physician or physician assistant, who is ABMS Board-certified (by a participating ABMS Member Board) or NCCPA-certified.
  • All relevant member dues required by your respective ABMS Member Board or the NCCPA must be up-to-date.
  • Your QI activity/project being considered for credit:
    • has not been submitted previously by you for MOC Part 4 credit/points
    • was funded in compliance with ABMS Portfolio Program™ requirements regarding industry/commercial support*
  • Your QI activity/project meets all stated QI Activity Requirements.
  • Your participation in the QI activity/project meets all stated Meaningful Participation Requirements.

*Any commercially supported QI efforts/activities or education-related interventions (that offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™) are deemed acceptable IF compliant with ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education (effective 01/01/2022), which replaced the former ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. As such and for those physicians/PAs seeking MOC Part 4 credit/points and to which this applies, the physician/PA is responsible for contacting the BCM MOC Program to discuss their intended QI effort in ensuring their understanding of and compliance with current ACCME standards, as well as for including all related and required documentation in this regard (per ACCME standards) when submitting QI activity/project information to the BCM MOC Program for their attention and processing for credit consideration.


See ABMS Portfolio Program™ QI Activity Requirements.


See ABMS Portfolio Program™ Meaningful Participation Requirements.


Only participating ABMS Member Boards allow MOC Part 4 credit/points to be awarded to their Board-certified physicians through the BCM MOC Program (in accordance with the ABMS Portfolio Program™).


The ABMS Portfolio Program™ has an "inter-professional collaborative agreement" with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Under this agreement, physician assistants (PAs), who are working in ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsor organizations, such as Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and participating with physicians on team-based inter-professional improvement activities, are able to earn NCCPA Performance Improvement CME (PI-CME) credit through the BCM MOC Program (in accordance with the ABMS Portfolio Program™).


See ABMS Portfolio Program™ credit translations table.

The table provides a quick reference of the participating ABMS Member Boards' and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants' (NCCPA) requirements, including associated credit translations, for meeting continuing certification/maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements through the BCM MOC Program (in accordance with the ABMS Portfolio Program™).

With that said, the noted table provides only a high-level summary based on information available at the time of its development. As such, it is the responsibility of each physician/PA to refer to the respective website of their relevant participating ABMS Member Board(s) or the NCCPA for up-to-date credit requirements and to understand what is required by their respective certifying body, as well as to track their own progress through their individual MOC accreditation cycle.


The actual issuing of MOC Part 4 credit/points is not granted by the BCM MOC Program; rather, credit is approved and granted through the BCM MOC Program (in accordance with the ABMS Portfolio Program™) by participating ABMS Member Boards or the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

If approved, credit is issued accordingly by the relevant ABMS Member Board or the NCCPA; as such, physicians/PAs should expect to see their credit issued directly to their respective Member Board or NCCPA profiles.


At this time, there is no cost to earn MOC Part 4 credit/points through the BCM MOC Program.

However, any applicable fees or relevant member dues required by the participating ABMS Member Boards or the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) must be current for an eligible physician/PA to receive MOC Part 4 credit/points. Physicians should direct any such inquiries to their respective Member Board(s) or the NCCPA.