Transitional Continuous Certification Program (TraCC)

Continuous certification is a requirement of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that ABAM has adopted for its ABAM Diplomates. Continuous certification assures that the physician is committed to lifelong learning and competency in a specialty and/or subspecialty by requiring ongoing measurement of six core competencies adopted by ABMS and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 1999. Beyond the ABMS, board certification and continuous certification are expected of physicians as a sign of their medical knowledge, competence, and professionalism by patients, colleagues, hospital, clinic, and other medical staffs, as well as insurance plan provider panels and governmental agencies which credential and pay physicians.

ABAM launched its TraCC program in April 2011 to assure that, by engaging in continuous professional development, Diplomates will have the practice-related knowledge to provide quality care, and the public will have assurance that ABAM certified physicians maintain high standards of clinical care.

Annual Fees

Time-Limited Diplomates: $375

Fee to remain ABAM credentialed and provides access to the Addiction Medicine Education Portal

Not Time-Limited Diplomates: $150

Fee to remain ABAM credentialed

Not Time-Limited – Optional Diplomates: $375

Fee to remain ABAM credentialed and provides access to the Addiction Medicin eEducation Portal 

Timeline

A new billing, license verification, and Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Part II) cycle has been implemented. Beginning in 2021, Diplomates will need to complete their requirements in a July 1 – June 30 cycle to remain in good standing. Annual TraCC fees and medical license verification can be processed beginning early May for Not Time-Limited Diplomates, Not Time-Limited - Optional Diplomates, and Time-Limited Diplomates who have completed their TraCC Part II requirements. 

Early May 2022 - June 30, 2022

TraCC Part I - All ABAM Diplomates

  • Medical license verification 
  • Payment of annual TraCC fee 

January 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

TraCC Part II - Time-Limited Diplomates

  • Completion of TraCC CME requirements - 26 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits of Addiction Medicine CME

At a recent ABAM Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved to change the requirement from having at least 9 ACAAM Addiction Medicine Education Portal Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) and 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits of Addiction Medicine CME to 26 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits of Addiction Medicine CME. 

All 26 AMA PRA Category I Credits must be completed by June 30 to remain in good standing and to have the ability to renew for the next cycle. You will not be eligible to renew or reinstate your certificate if your CME requirements are not completed by June 30. There is no grace period for completion of CME. 

CME must be completed during the cycle. Credit earned outside of the cycle will not be counted.