The ABMS REF initiatives focus on improving physician performance, protecting patient safety, and setting higher standards for improved health care. These scientific and evidence-based activities support a range of national initiatives that have significant impact on the delivery of quality health care and improved outcomes.
Building best practices to improve the delivery and reduce the cost of care is a major focus of the ABMS REF and central to the MOC program process. These initiatives help with a physician’s professional development and offer a means to make MOC valuable to their everyday life.
The Visiting Scholars Program is a one-year, part-time program which provides participants exposure to the fields of professional assessment and education, regulatory policy, and quality improvement while promoting research and scholarship in areas important to the ABMS Member Boards Community.
The IPIP initiative, conceived in 2004 under ABMS REF leadership, created models of practice support emulated in primary care practices throughout the United States. IPIP’s focus on smaller practices and its signature practice coaching model has helped participating practices in seven states improve outcomes for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma as well as preventive care for all patients.
The ABMS Continuing Certification Reference Center™ replaces its Evidence Library™. The latter was revised to accommodate the broad and continually growing variety of literature and Internet resources relevant to the Board Certification community. While the format of the publicly accessible, web-based resource remains the same, new indexing and filtering options have been added that further divide the literature by study types and certification topics. Several hundred articles have been reviewed by ABMS staff and physician volunteers/consultants for inclusion in the Center. As a dynamic, evolving source of information, new references and annotations will be added to the Center over time and as new literature emerges.
In 2011, the ABMS REF received a subcontract from the National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality initiative to work with many of the 16 AF4Q communities on ambulatory quality improvement initiatives based on the IPIP model.
Since 2011, ABMS REF has been working with Bandeis University, the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HC13), the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® and Booz Allen Hamilton to develop a prototype episode grouper system for use in implementing value-based purchasing within the Medicare population.
ABMS REF and the American Board of Pediatrics are working with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, Truven Health Analytics, and the American Academy of Pediatrics to advance and improve health care quality for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The project is funded through a cooperative agreement grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).