MOC News And Announcements

Setting Quality Standards for Physicians: Response to Propose Maryland Legislation regarding MOC/CC

  • Recently, a competing Certifying Board, the  National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS), introduced legislation in Maryland that would make it easier for other, non-ABMS Certifying Boards to be recognized.  The bill also would have prohibited hospitals, health plans and others from taking into account – as part of their credentialing processes — whether or not a physician is participating in Maintenance of Certification/Continuous Certification.  The NBPAS asked the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide its views.


  • DOJ concluded that individual hospitals, health plans and others should be free to decide what is and is not important and should continue to have the right to require participation in MOC/CC as a necessary credential, if they so choose.


  • DOJ also indicated that it supports the right of non-Member ABMS Boards to offer Certification programs as a way to better foster competition.  The ABNS and the ABMS share this view – we have no problem with other Boards offering competing Certification programs, so long as they are transparent about their Certification requirements and processes, so that the public can gauge which Certification programs are meaningful and which are not.   The ABNS has been Certifying neurological surgeons for almost 80 years and we are confident that our rigorous Certification requirements and process, which we constantly evaluate and refine, will remain the “gold standard.”


  • The ABNS’ Maintenance of Certification/Continuous Certification program, too, is constantly being refined, so as to make it more meaningful and less burdensome on our Diplomates.


  • The ABMS has issued a statement regarding the proposed Maryland legislation and DOJ’s expressed views, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below.  The ABNS concurs with and supports the ABMS’ position.

 ABMS: Statement on the U.S. Department of Justice Response Letter Regarding Proposed Maryland Legislation to Restrict Hospital and Health Plans Right to Set Quality Standards for Physicians



The Diplomate Portal has been updated to reflect the new MOC requirements. Login to your MOC Summary Page to view your MOC requirements

2018 MOC Requirements:

  • Proof of Professional Standing and Chief of Staff Questionnaire
  • Complete at least 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in neurosurgery related activities
  • Complete ABNS Part III MOC Learning Tool
  • Payment of ABNS Annual Dues

Please note: All MOC requirements will need to be completed by the end of each year.

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