Association Between Participation and Performance in MOCA Minute and Actions Against the Medical Licenses of Anesthesiologists

Anesthesia & Analgesia (11/19) Vol. 129, No. 5 Zhou, Yan; Sun, Huaping; Macario, Alex; et al.

A new study correlated anesthesiologists' participation and performance in the American Board of Anesthesiology's Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) Minute longitudinal assessment with disciplinary actions against their medical licenses. Total incidence of license actions was 1.2% in anesthesiologists mandated to register for MOCA Minute, with non-registration linked to more license actions. Later registration was associated with a higher incidence of license actions for the 92.6% who registered. In 2016, 88% of anesthesiologists met the MOCA Minute performance standard, while 94% of those who did not failed for not completing the required 120 questions. “Both timely participation in the MOCA Minute program and meeting the MOCA Minute standard were associated with a lower incidence of prejudicial actions against the medical licenses of anesthesiologists, suggesting that these attributes serve as markers for physician characteristics associated with a lower frequency of such actions,” the authors concluded.

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