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Relevant Activities. Unified Process.

Organizations that sponsor and support quality/performance/practice improvement (QI/PI) efforts involving physicians across multiple specialties now have a streamlined approach to working with the ABMS Member Boards. This promotes organizational effectiveness and efficiency through team-based initiatives that are directly related to the physicians’ practice. In doing so, the Portfolio Program delivers a more meaningful, relevant MOC experience for physicians.

Participation that Counts for MOC Credit

Portfolio Program Sponsors create an environment where physician involvement in QI/PI and MOC is supported. Sponsors can help their physicians earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) credit for participating in approved initiatives that align with organizational priorities such as communication, efficiency, and patient safety. Examples of particular project areas include:

  • Advanced care planning
  • Cancer screening (breast, cervical, colon)
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Depression
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity
  • Transitions of care

Learn more about ABMS Member Board Participation and Recognition for MOC Part IV (rev June 1, 2019)[PDF]

Benefits for Patients, Families, and Communities

Patients and their families expect their physicians to be up-to-date on the most recent treatments for their ailments as well as best practices for preventive care. ABMS MOC plays a vital role in making sure physicians critically evaluate their current practices, acquire new skills, and adapt their practices to changing patient and community health needs. When physicians participate in Portfolio Program activities, they fulfill these commitments by providing:

  • Better communicative relationships built on listening and sharing
  • Demonstrated clinical knowledge concerning a patient’s medical condition
  • Coordinated care from inter-professional teams and integrated systems of care

Learn more about becoming an ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsor.

Building a Quality Improvement Culture in Hospitals

Dr. Mary Ann Abrams, the Portfolio Program Manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, discusses how to build and sustain a quality improvement (QI) culture in hospitals. This ABMS Portfolio Program™ sponsor has more than 250 active QI projects involving hundreds of physicians, nurses, other clinicians, non-clinicians, and even patients and family members. Many of these QI efforts have resulted in improved patient care. Building and sustaining a QI culture requires training all members of the organization, not just leadership, so they understand their critical role in ensuring and enhancing safety.

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