You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.
Become a Fellow
ACP offers a number of resources to help members make sense of the MOC requirements and earn points.
Understanding MOC Requirements
Earn MOC points
The most comprehensive meeting in Internal Medicine.
April 11-13, 2019
Internal Medicine Meeting 2019
Prepare for the Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Exam with an ACP review course.
Board Certification Review Courses
MOC Exam Prep Courses
Treating a patient? Researching a topic? Get answers now.
Visit AnnalsLearn More
Visit MKSAP 18
Visit DynaMed Plus
Ensure payment and avoid policy violations. Plus, new resources to help you navigate the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
Access helpful forms developed by a variety of sources for patient charts, logs, information sheets, office signs, and use by practice administration.
ACP advocates on behalf on internists and their patients on a number of timely issues. Learn about where ACP stands on the following areas:
© Copyright 2018 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved. 190 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572
Toll Free: (800) 523.1546 · Local: (215) 351.2400
The growing number of administrative tasks imposed on physicians and patients adds unnecessary costs to the U.S. health care system. Excessive administrative tasks divert time and focus from more clinically important activities of physicians and their staffs, such as providing actual care to patients and improving quality, and may prevent patients from receiving timely and appropriate care or treatment. In addition, administrative tasks are keeping physicians from entering or remaining in primary care and may cause them to decline participation in certain insurance plans. They’re also a major contributor to the “physician burn-out” epidemic.
These tasks can stem from federal health care requirements, as well as from private payers, vendors, and suppliers. Often administrative tasks are added without any formal assessment of why the task is being proposed, what is intended by the task and its actual impact on physicians and patients (such as diverting physicians from spending time with patients to complying with unnecessary administrative tasks), and whether the tasks could be eliminated, streamlined, or modified to reduce the burden on physicians without harming quality, safety, or program integrity.
In 2015, ACP started the Patients Before Paperwork initiative focused on identifying and prioritizing the top concerns from ACP members related to administrative tasks; educating ACP members about administrative burden issues; advocating to improve the practice environment; and implementing tactics to address major concerns. As part of this ongoing initiative, ACP developed significant policy recommendations to reduce administrative burden. In Spring of 2017, ACP published a position paper titled, “Putting Patients First by Reducing Administrative Tasks in Health Care,” outlining a cohesive framework for identifying and evaluating administrative tasks as well as detailed policy recommendations to reduce excessive administrative tasks across the health care system. Further policy development includes a position paper published in the Fall of 2017 titled, “Promoting Transparency and Alignment in Medicare Advantage,” which calls for transparency within the MA program and alignment of the various Medicare programs to ultimately reduce administrative burden and put high-quality patient care first.
ACP has also urged Congress, in conjunction with federal agencies and other stakeholders, to work together to reduce excessive administrative tasks that negatively impact physicians and their patients. ACP’s recommendations include:
Please provide ACP with information regarding the administrative burdens you face on a regular basis via a new online data collection tool. This tool allows you to enter either an administrative task or a best practice (i.e., approach to dealing with an administrative task—this could be one you are using already or a new idea). Eventually, these entries will be added to the Administrative Tasks and Best Practices Library, which will be available online as soon as we have a robust dataset.
Online Data Collection Tool
For more information and resources for reducing administrative burden please visit our Patients Before Paperwork page.
Any questions, please contact Brooke Rockwern at firstname.lastname@example.org.