American Board of Urology Joins ABMS Multi-Specialty Approval Portfolio Program
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has announced that the American Board of Urology (ABU) has joined the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval ProgramTM (Portfolio Program). As of January 4, 2016, the ABU became the 21st participating board of the 24 ABMS Member Boards and has begun accepting Quality Improvement (QI) and Practice Improvement (PI) activities and attestations through the Portfolio Program.
“ABU is excited to participate in the Portfolio Program and offer access to our more than 11,000 diplomates,” said ABU Executive Secretary Gerald H. Jordan, MD, FACS, FAAP (Hon), FRCS (Hon). “We are pleased to be able to offer our diplomates the ability to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for their QI and PI work, both in their private practice as well as their hospital or health system.”
Beginning in January, Portfolio-Program qualifying QI/PI efforts involving ABU Board Certified physicians and QI initiatives relevant to the field of urology may now be submitted by approved Portfolio Sponsors for MOC credit through the Portfolio Program. ABU diplomates who successfully complete an approved Portfolio Program QI activity may receive credit for the Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) components established by ABU. Physicians, ABU certified in Urology, as well as its subspecialties of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Pediatric Urology, are included as part of the ABU’s participation in the Portfolio Program.
“ABMS and its Member Boards are committed to offering rigorous and practice relevant MOC programming,” stated ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer Lois, Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA. “We want to be certain that physicians practicing in Urology and its related sub-specialty areas are aware of the opportunity to receive MOC credit for their engagement in QI/PI activities that improve patient care, and that have a tremendous impact on the patients and communities we serve.”
“The Portfolio Program is unique in that it offers Board Certified physicians participating in important organizational QI and PI activities the opportunity to earn MOC credits through 21 participating Member Boards in a variety of specialties and subspecialty practices in a wide array of practice settings,” noted David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP, Executive Director of the Portfolio Program. “For this reason, we continue to see increased growth of and engagement with the Portfolio Program, both from a Member Boards Community and from hospitals, health systems and other institutions across the country. I believe the addition of ABU will only expand the program’s impact even further.”
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 QI 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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