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Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA)

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You may have questions about Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®). As your trusted partner in anesthesia continuing education, ASA is here to help you along the way. ASA has the resources you need to succeed and offers educational programs to help you meet the MOCA requirements. 

The following helpful tips will help you navigate your way through the MOCA process:

What is MOCA?

MOCA is an ongoing process of education and assessment for board-certified physicians to improve practice performance. Through MOCA, board-certified physicians demonstrate their commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety.

MOCA is an opportunity for physicians to improve their skills in six general competencies:

  • Medical knowledge
  • Patient care
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Systems-based practice

Who sets MOCA requirements?

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is charged with implementing MOCA activities that assure the public that its diplomates demonstrate commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety.

The ABA has developed an online MOCA program tutorial to address frequently asked questions and concerns from its constituents.

To find out more about MOCA and the detailed requirements for your cohort, visit the ABA website, email questions to moca@theABA.org, or call the ABA at 866-999-7501. 

ABA Produces Simulation for MOCA Video

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) created the “Simulation for MOCA” video to provide diplomates with insight about what to expect in simulation courses and to share the benefits of this Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®) activity.  MOCA simulation courses are designed to provide diplomates hands-on experience with critical, life-threatening events that rarely occur to prepare them to manage such events successfully when they do happen.

The ABA and the ASA developed endorsement criteria for simulation centers and today there are 43 simulation centers in 25 states that meet the established criteria.  Simulation at an ASA-endorsed center became a MOCA® Part 4: Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement requirement in 2008 and nearly 3,000 ABA diplomates have participated in these courses. 

Questions?
If you have questions about simulation courses for MOCA®, please contact the ABA Communications Center at (866) 999-7501 or coms@theABA.org.

What is the “MOCA cycle”?

MOCA is required for all diplomates certified in 2000 or later. Each MOCA cycle is a 10-year period that includes:

  • Part 1: continuing assessment of professional standing (medical licensure)
  • Part 2: ongoing lifelong learning and self-assessment
  • Part 3: a decennial assessment of cognitive expertise
  • Part 4: periodic assessments of practice performance

How can ASA help you go the distance?

ASA offers several programs designed to help physicians demonstrate a commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety while meeting the requirements for MOCA Parts 2 and 4.

MOCA Part 2:

MOCA Part 4:

MOC:PQRS offers incentive payment to diplomates participating in MOCA®

Diplomates participating in MOCA® in 2014 can qualify for a bonus incentive payment if they also participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). MOCA participants will receive an additional 0.5% incentive payment (MOC:PQRS incentive) based on their estimated Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule allowed payments for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This bonus is in addition to the 0.5% incentive payment allowed for participation in PQRS only. CMS will be offering the MOC:PQRS incentive in 2014 as defined by the Affordable Care Act. The MOC:PQRS incentive is not currently defined beyond 2014. Click here to visit the ABA website to learn more.