CME / Professional Development

The following outlines options to complete the required 75 points of continuous learning every three (3) years; a total of 150 during the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) cycle.

Points may be earned exclusively through Continuing Medical Education (CME) or a combination of CME and Professional Activities. Certificants must obtain a minimum of 54 points through CME and up to 21 points through Professional Activities every three years.

Professional Activities Noted Below

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

CME Categories Eligible for MOC Credit

There are four categories of CME eligible for MOC credit. A summary of acceptable CME activities are found in the corresponding categories below. Of the total 150 continuous learning points required during the MOC cycle, a minimum of 108 points must be obtained through CME; 54 points every 3 years. One CME hour is equal to one point.

Note: Certificants can meet this requirement with all CME and no professional activities if they so choose. Content must be related to the HMDCB Content Blueprint

CME credits for the first three categories must be obtained from an accredited provider of medical education evidenced by reference to one or more of the following:

  • AMA PRA Category 1™ credits
  • Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • AOA Category 1-A or 2-A CME Credit

Attending Professional Workshops or Conferences

Attend CME sessions at a professional conference to further enhance your education. Conferences must be documented as including content related to the HMDCB Content Blueprint.

Attending Online Courses Specifically Designed to Enhance Competence

Internet or online courses including content related to the HMDCB Content Blueprint that enhance your education.

Independent Study

This category allows certificants to learn in their own environment. Approved study materials must be based on content related to the HMDCB Content Blueprint, such as the completion of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s self-study materials or the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s E-OL Courses and webcasts.

College/University Courses

Completing college/university courses from an accredited college or university to further enhance your education. Courses must be documented as including content related to the HMDCB Content Blueprint, have a defined curriculum, and designated faculty.

Professional Activities

Professional Activities Eligible for MOC Credit

There are eight categories of professional activities eligible for MOC credit. A summary of acceptable professional activities are found in the corresponding categories below. Up to twenty-one (21) points may be earned in Professional Activities every three (3) years.

Obtain/Maintain a Certification in a Related Field

Credit will be given if you maintain subspecialty certification in: Pain Management, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, or AMDA’s medical director certification. Three points will be awarded per certification per six-year MOC cycle. No Maximum

Special Project Performed in Work Setting

Special projects include performance measurement and improvement. Performance improvement (PI) activities describe structured, long-term processes by which a physician or group of physicians can learn about specific performance measures, retrospectively assess their practice, apply these measures prospectively over a useful interval, and re-evaluate their performance. Two points will be awarded per project. No Maximum

Volunteer Service

Volunteer participation in leadership responsibilities or committee involvement in a state or national professional organization, a hospice-provider or other organization directly related to the field of hospice and palliative medicine. One point will be awarded per year, per service. No Maximum

Preceptorship and Mentoring

Hospice physicians serving as supervisor or preceptor may apply hours spent supervising those practicing professionals of the interdisciplinary team in a structured program within the hospice setting. One point will be awarded per 10 hours of preceptorship maintained. 3 points maximum per year

Teaching, Lecturing, Presenting

Encompasses the certificant’s participation as an instructor delivering content related to the HMDCB Content Blueprint. The presentation must be delivered within a structured framework of teaching/learning. A presentation includes a seminar, in-service, clinical conference, consumer education program, and/or presenting an original paper or poster. The participation may be as the primary instructor, lecturer or panelist. No credit is given for repeat presentations of the same content. One point will be awarded per lecture hour. 4 points maximum per year

Publishing

Encompasses publications delivering content related to the HMDCB Content Blueprint. Responsibility in the publication may be authorship, co-authorship or editorial. The item to be published may be a book, chapter in a book, paper, article, abstract, book review, etc. One point will be awarded per publication. 4 points maximum per year

Journal Club Participation

Certificants participating in a structured journal club who meet regularly to critically evaluate articles related to content outlined in the HMDCB Content Blueprint may earn credit through their membership. Two points will be awarded if the club meets quarterly; three points for monthly. 3 points maximum per year