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The Connecticut Children’s Practice Quality Improvement Program is a valuable resource to physicians and practices interested in engaging in data-driven continuous quality improvement by systematically assessing and improving the quality of care they deliver to patients. Physicians can participate in current projects and/or work with the Connecticut Children’s Practice Quality Improvement Program to develop new QI/MOC projects relevant to their practice.
Maintenance of Certification, Part 4
The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification program was designed as a four part process to facilitate ongoing lifelong learning and self-assessment to continuously improve knowledge and clinical performance.
MOC consists of four primary parts:
- Part 1: Evidence of professional standing
- Part 2: Evidence of lifelong learning and self-assessment
- Part 3: Evidence of cognitive expertise
- Part 4: Evidence of satisfactory performance in practice
Physicians must fulfill all four parts to maintain their certification. Connecticut Children’s Practice Quality Improvement Program supports physicians in obtaining MOC Part 4 credits. The ABP MOC Part 4 requirements address the following core competencies:
- Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health
- Practice-based Learning and Improvement that involves investigation and self-evaluation, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills that result in effective information exchange and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health professionals
- Professionalism as manifested through a commitment to professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population
- Systems-based Practice as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to use system resources to provide optimal care
Additional information about the ABP MOC requirements is available here.
National Committee for Quality Assurance Medical Home Recognition
In order to obtain NCQA Medical Home recognition, practices must meet certain standards including:
- use of performance data to identify opportunities for improvement;
- improvement in clinical quality efficiency; and
- improvement in patient experience.
This requires implementing and demonstrating continuous quality improvement and reporting performance. Practices can leverage Connecticut Children’s Practice Quality Improvement Program’s established infrastructure to meet these standards.
Continuing Medical Education
Continuing Medical Education (CME) consists of educational activities which are meant to maintain, develop, or enhance a physician’s knowledge, skills and professional performance and relationships. These credits are often important to physicians because in some states physicians are required to have a specified number of CME credits annually to maintain their medical licenses. Similarly, most hospitals require a specified number of CME credits for their physicians to remain credentialed to see patients. Connecticut Children’s Practice Quality Improvement Program supports physicians in obtaining Performance Improvement CME credit: AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.