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Sharp HealthCare Joins ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

Sharp HealthCare Joins ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

Physicians at Sharp HealthCare May Now Obtain Maintenance of Certification Credit for Engaging in Quality Improvement Initiatives

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has announced that Sharp HealthCare physicians who are Board Certified by one of 21 of the 24 ABMS Member Boards participating in the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program may now receive Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) credit for their engagement in quality improvement (QI) work at the health system. All 2,600 Sharp-affiliated physicians at the system’s seven hospitals, two medical groups and health plan who are board certified will be eligible for MOC credit under the newly established Sharp HealthCare MOC program.

“Committed to supporting our physicians’ involvement in both QI activities and the ABMS MOC program, participation in the Portfolio program will allow our physicians to obtain MOC credit for participating in organizational QI and practice improvement activities currently including safe surgical and procedural experiences, reducing hospital acquired DVT/VTE, and improving compliance with hand hygiene rates among physicians. These activities are part of Sharp HealthCare’s overarching mission to transform the health care experience by improving patient care as well as the clinical and experiential outcomes for its three million patients and families located throughout San Diego County. The Sharp HealthCare Continuing Medical Education Department will have oversight of the new program.” says Loretta M. Thompson, MBA, CHCP, Director of Continuing Medical Education.

“The Portfolio Program continues to expand as more organizations embrace the program’s inherent benefits for their Board Certified physicians and their institutions as a whole,” explained David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP, Executive Director of the Portfolio Program. “The Program offers a way for health care organizations like Sharp HealthCare to support and engage physicians in system-wide practice improvement activities that are both directly related to a physician’s specialty area of practice as well as the goals and objectives of their system – all of which serve to improve the quality of care for their patients and communities.”

To date, the Portfolio Program has helped engage nearly 9,000 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, approximately 1,700 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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