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Maine Quality Counts Becomes ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsor

Maine Quality Counts Becomes ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsor

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

Maine Quality Counts, a nonprofit regional Health Improvement Collaborative, has joined the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program (Portfolio Program). The Portfolio Program allows for health care organizations to support physicians by facilitating ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for meaningful physician participation in organizational quality improvement (QI) initiatives. Maine Quality Counts – dedicated to improving health care and health outcomes in Maine – is the 45th sponsor of the Portfolio Program, and adds diversity to the Portfolio Program organizations which include hospitals, health systems, and societies from across the country.

“We are all working to improve patient care without increasing the burden on physicians,” said Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer. “The growth of Portfolio Program sponsors and QI programs demonstrates that we are moving in the right direction.”

Through the Portfolio Program, Maine physicians will be able to earn MOC credit by participating in any of the intensive multi-session trainings that Maine Quality Counts offers physicians and other health care providers. Called Learning Collaboratives, these trainings bring providers together from across multiple practices and health systems to address timely challenges that include increasing childhood immunization rates, raising developmental screening rates for young children, and strengthening care for chronic disease patients including diabetes and high blood pressure. Portfolio Program sponsorship will enable any Maine physician who participates in a QC Learning Collaborative to earn MOC credit regardless of their practice site. Physicians from small, independent rural practices and large, statewide health systems will have the same opportunity to earn credits.

“ABMS is working continuously to evolve MOC and make it more relevant and meaningful to physicians,” said David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP, director of the Portfolio Program. “Through the Portfolio Program, we strive to both encourage participation in QI initiatives and recognize those efforts undertaken.”

“Becoming a Portfolio Program sponsor adds great value to the quality improvement trainings we offer Maine physicians. We have done six MOC projects in the past five years. Acting as a Portfolio Program sponsor allows us to offer MOC credit to a larger number of physicians for our Learning Collaboratives and improve health outcomes for more and more Mainers. It’s an exciting opportunity,” said Amy Belisle, MD, FAAP, leader of QC’s portfolio sponsor program.

To date, the Portfolio Program has helped engage more than 5,800 physicians in QI 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 1,000 QI initiatives have been completed by Portfolio Program participants. For more information about participation in the Portfolio Program and sponsor research projects, visit the program website.

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