Maintenance of Certification Program

Maintenance of Certification Program means a continuous assessment program, such as qualified American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification Program or an equivalent program (as determined by the Secretary), that advances quality and the lifelong learning and self-assessment of board certified specialty physicians by focusing on the competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism. Such a program must include the following:
(i) The program requires the physician to maintain a valid unrestricted license in the United States.
(ii) The program requires a physician to participate in educational and self-assessment programs that require an assessment of what was learned.
(iii) The program requires a physician to demonstrate, through a formalized secure examination, that the physician has the fundamental diagnostic skills, medical knowledge, and clinical judgment to provide quality care in their respective specialty.
(iv) The program requires successful completion of a qualified maintenance of certification program practice assessment.


42 CFR § 414.90

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