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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Joins ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Joins ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program

Physicians to Obtain Maintenance of Certification Credit for Engaging in Quality Improvement Initiatives

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has announced that Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is participating in the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program™ (Portfolio Program). VUMC physicians who are Board Certified by one of 21 of the 24 ABMS Member Boards participating in the Portfolio Program may receive Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) credit for their engagement in quality improvement work at the health system.

The VUMC Portfolio Program is available to the more than 1,400 physicians who are employed by VUMC which includes Vanderbilt University Hospital, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. The VUMC MOC program is part of the Office for Continuous Professional Development (OCPD), which is overseen by the Director, Don Moore, PhD. Group Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives led by physician faculty members at VUMC are eligible to be approved Portfolio Program activities, with physicians engaging in these initiatives eligible for MOC credit.

“The Portfolio Program allows ABMS and its 24 Member Boards to maintain our commitment to rigorous and practice relevant MOC programs while at the same time allowing physicians credit for QI efforts they are already actively engaged in,” explained David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP, Executive Director of the Portfolio Program. “With the establishment of the Portfolio Program, VUCM physicians may obtain MOC credit for institution-wide QI activities, such as the falls prevention and readmission initiatives, which ultimately have an enormous impact on patient safety and care.”

To date, the Portfolio Program has helped engage more than 8,000 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, more than 1,300 quality 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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