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ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program Adds Winthrop University Hospital

ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program Adds Winthrop University Hospital

Program Reflects Evolution to Align Initiatives for Physicians to Maintain Board Certification, Improve Patient Care

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) today announced that the Winthrop-University Hospital (WUH) has joined the ABMS Multi- Specialty Portfolio Program (Portfolio Program). WUH physicians who are Board Certified by one of the 21 ABMS Member Boards participating in the Portfolio Program may now obtain ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for participation in organizational quality improvement (QI) initiatives. The new WUH “MOC Program” is one of 83 Portfolio Program participants which include hospitals, health systems, medical societies and healthcare organizations from across the country.

Our goal is to provide our physicians an easy way to align the QI work they are doing “and fulfill their ABMS MOC requirements. We value our physicians and would like to support them in this process, and are delighted to be an ABMS Portfolio Program sponsor,” said Maria Lyn Quintos-Alagheband, MD, FAAP, Director of the Performance Improvement Science Academy at Winthrop and Quality/Safety Officer for Children Services at the Winthrop Children’s Medical Center.

The Quality Improvement Maintenance of Certification (QI-MOC) Subcommittee of the Continuing Professional Education Committee (CPEC) will oversee the WUH program, which will be managed by Winthrop’s Office of Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education (CME/CE). The WUH MOC Program team will work closely with the QI department to facilitate and build skills in improvement science while offering Improvement in Medical Practice (MOC Part IV) credit to approved QI projects at Winthrop. These QI initiatives locally initiated and implemented organization-wide, will benefit Winthrop patients as well as provide valuable learning opportunities for the hospital’s more than 1,300 Board Certified physicians.

“The Portfolio Program was developed to offer Board Certified physicians the opportunity to obtain MOC credit for practice-relevant QI initiatives they are participating in at their institutions, and are potentially applicable across a multitude of specialties,” said David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP, Executive Director of the Portfolio Program. “Winthrop’s commitment to engaging their physicians in MOC QI activities is evident in their establishment of this new program and will have a direct impact on improving patient safety and care.”

“The Winthrop MOC Program will help coordinate and elevate the hospital’s substantial quality improvement efforts to affect overall systematic changes,” said Rob Armstrong Martin, MBA, CHCP, Assistant Dean and Director of Continuing Medical Education at Winthrop. “The CME/CE Office embraces academic credentialing of high priority performance improvement interventions, which include all of the Institute of Medicine’s six dimensions, and we feel that participation in the ABMS Portfolio Program will encourage our faculty to participate more broadly in QI initiatives.”

To date, the Portfolio Program has helped engage more than 12,000 physicians in quality and practice improvement initiatives at hospitals and health systems across the country, with many showing improvement in care outcomes. Since its inception, more than 1,700 improvement efforts have been completed by Portfolio Program participants.

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