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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Joins ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Joins ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

Physicians at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences May Now Obtain Maintenance of Certification Credit for Engaging in Quality Improvement Initiatives

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has announced that the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is now participating in the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program™ (Portfolio Program). Physicians at UAMS who are Board Certified by one of the 21 of 24 ABMS Member Boards participating in the Portfolio Program may now receive Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for their engagement in quality improvement (QI) work at the institution.

UAMS—the state’s only academic health sciences institution and only nationally accredited Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME ) provider—offers comprehensive health care services to patients and families throughout the state.

The UAMS Portfolio Program is immediately available to the more than 600 physicians within the UAMS Integrated Clinical Enterprise who practice at the hospital or in the clinics that are part of the UAMS Regional Programs. Possible future collaborations with non-UAMS affiliated physicians also are under discussion.

“UAMS has a longstanding commitment to QI among its clinical teams, including physicians, nurses, support staff, and other health care providers,” noted David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP, Executive Director of the Portfolio Program. “UAMS’ participation in the Portfolio Program will reinforce and expand this commitment, helping to engage even more of their physicians in organizational QI activities that are aligned with the goals and objectives of their institution, its patients, and the communities they serve.”

“Our institution places tremendous emphasis and value on promotion of a culture of safety,” said Chris Cargile, MD, UAMS’s Chief Medical Quality Officer. “We see this initiative as an opportunity to serve multiple purposes, including advancing the safety culture at the institution. We have worked closely with leaders from nursing and from our Integrated Clinical Enterprise team to tie in Improvement in Medical Practice (MOC Part IV) requirements with multiple other UAMS priorities in order to maximize the value for our physicians of the QI work that will make this institution and this state a safer and healthier place for all.”

To date, the Portfolio Program has helped engage more than 9,000 physicians in practice improvement initiatives at hospitals and health systems across the country, many showing improvement in care outcomes, and has recognized their participation with MOC-eligible credit. Since its inception, 1,700-plus improvement efforts have been completed by Portfolio Program participants. For more information about participation in the Portfolio Program, visit the program website.

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