The American Board of Ophthalmology establishes recertification fees annually based on contract agreements with testing vendors and the overall cost of administering the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process. Fees cover the 10-year cost of recertification for ABO-administered activities along with two printed certificates suitable for framing.
The ABO aims to keep MOC fees low, and has not increased fees in more than four years. Diplomates in active duty United States military service may request a 50% refund on MOC fees.
Fees paid to the American Board of Ophthalmology are not tax deductible as charitable contributions; however, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.
The ABO MOC program costs each diplomate $200 per year or a total of $2,000 for each 10-year period. These fees enable access to:
Value of Certification
The value of the ABO MOC program far exceeds its cost. The opportunities for CME credit alone make the value of MOC worth double the cost of participation. Here's how: you have the option to claim up to 80 CME credits over 10 years for successful completion of the Quarterly Questions program. With the average cost of a CME credit being about $50 per hour, this makes the ABO's 80 credits worth approximately $4,000 -- a sum that is twice as much as each diplomate is asked to invest in the program.
Additionally, the ABO provides easy-to-use tools to share your certification status with patients:
- Personalized MOC Participation Web Badge: Download a personalized web badge for your practice website or social media profiles. Each badge links directly to the ABO verification page for your certification status.
- Public Search Profile Page: The search information provided through the Verify a Physician search tool details the American Board of Ophthalmology certification history for each ophthalmologist. You have the option to create a detailed diplomate information page for patients to view, which includes information about your training, practice location, and office contact information.