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ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program Announces Pilot Program Set to Launch in 2016

ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program Announces Pilot Program Set to Launch in 2016

Pilot Program Will Offer Maintenance of Certification Credit for Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment CME Linked to Improvement in Medical Practice Activities

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Multi-specialty Portfolio Approval Program™ (Portfolio Program) today announced that it will offer a two-year pilot program scheduled to launch April 1, 2016. The pilot will allow physicians in Portfolio Program sponsor-organizations who are certified by 19 participating ABMS Member Boards to receive Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for participating in live, Continuing Medical Education (CME) accredited, lifelong learning and self-assessment activities that are specifically and proactively linked to an Improvement in Medical Practice initiative.

“This pilot is grounded in evidence that sequenced, multimodal, longitudinal educational efforts are more effective in changing practice than isolated, one time educational activities”, said David Price, MD, Executive Director of the Portfolio Program. “While the pilot will begin with live CME activities, other formats will be added at a later time, based on the experience and feedback from the initial program. We are also encouraging the development of, and engagement in activities that include patient communication, patient safety, and professionalism due to their importance in medical practice.”

Portfolio Program Organizational Sponsors that are Accredited with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), or jointly accredited by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center are eligible to develop lifelong learning and self-assessment qualifying activities for the new pilot. There are specific requirements that must be met for lifelong learning and self-assessment (Part II) qualifying Portfolio Program activities. Physicians will be required to complete both lifelong learning and self-assessment as well as the linked improvement in medical practice (Part IV) activities before receiving MOC credit for the Part II activity.

“This Pilot is an exciting enhancement of our existing Portfolio Program. The linking of lifelong learning and self-assessment with medical practice improvement activities will allow physicians to more effectively and efficiently address the clinical issues that they identify as important and receive MOC credit through active program engagement,” said ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA. “It is further evidence of the Portfolio Program’s ability to offer a seamless MOC process that is both relevant and of value to physicians as well as their patients and families.”

To date, the Portfolio Program has helped engage more than 6,500 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 8,000 QI efforts have been completed by Portfolio Program participants.

For more information about participation in the Portfolio Program, or to obtain additional details about the new Pilot, visit the program website.

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