California-based Health System to Participate in ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

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Program Offers Physicians an Opportunity to Maintain Board Certification and Improve Patient Health and Safety throughout the San Francisco Bay Area

CHICAGO – March 15, 2018 – The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) today announced that Stanford Children’s Health has joined ABMS’ Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program (Portfolio ProgramTM). Stanford Children’s Health physicians who are Board Certified by one of 20 of 24 ABMS Member Boards participating in the Portfolio Program and are engaged in eligible activities can now earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit.

Stanford Children’s Health has more than 700 physicians with greater than 500,000 outpatient visits and over 8,000 inpatient visits across more than 60 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Physicians practicing throughout the Stanford Children’s Health system, including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, its regional sites, and the Packard Children’s Health Alliance, are now able to obtain Improvement in Medical Practice MOC credit by participating in system-wide quality improvement (QI) initiatives. The Portfolio Program will live within the Packard Quality Management System, which oversees QI and practice improvement (PI) across the institution.

Stanford Children’s Health has participated in the American Board of Pediatrics’ Part 4 Portfolio for its pediatric specialty physicians. By joining the ABMS Portfolio Program, it can now expand its programming to physicians who are Board Certified in other specialties. Activities are often aligned with the goals of the organization but can be division or practice specific, based on the needs of the patient populations. Examples of the activities include improving depression screening and referral to treatment when indicated for adolescent and diabetic patient populations, communication with primary care providers at the time of hospital discharge, and a collaborative to standardize the care for inpatients with asthma hospitalized across Stanford Children’s Health.

“We are pleased to welcome Stanford Children’s Health as an ABMS Portfolio Program sponsor,” stated David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP, Executive Director of the Portfolio Program. “The activities selected by Stanford Children’s Health address important health care concerns for their patients. Being able to engage physicians across specialties throughout the system by recognizing their work in addressing these systemic QI/PI needs through the Portfolio Program will help the entire care team make improvements in the quality of care delivered and the health of their patients.”

To date, the ABMS Portfolio Program has helped engage physicians in QI/PI initiatives at hospitals and health systems across the country, with many showing improvement in care outcomes. Since its inception, more than 2,600 improvement efforts have been completed by Portfolio Program participants.

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