UMHS Maintenance of Certification Program for Quality Improvement (ABMS Part IV, AAPA PI-CME)
The UMHS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program for Quality Improvement (QI) helps physicians and physician assistants affiliated with UMHS understand and meet requirements of their specialty boards to maintain certification in their specialties. The UMHS Program is administered through the UMHS Chief Quality Officer.
The UMHS MOC Program for QI has been approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) MOC Portfolio Program to award Part IV MOC to physicians affiliated with UMHS who participate in qualifying efforts to improve care for patients. Most ABMS Member Boards recognize this participation as an option to meet Part IV requirements.
The UMHS MOC Program for QI has been approved by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) in a pilot program to award performance improvement credit (AAPA PI-CME) to physician assistants who participate in efforts to improve care for patients that meet the requirements of the ABMS Program. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) accepts this credit for MOC for physician assistants.
Within UMHS, the MOC Program for QI oversees the documentation that QI projects meet ABMS Program requirements and awards MOC credit to physicians (ABMS Part IV) and physician assistants (AAPA PI-CME) who participate as required in those projects.
The MOC Program provides:
- An institutional resource regarding MOC requirements across specialties.
- Guidance to departments in developing a plan for selecting QI projects over time to be documented for MOC credit so that physicians and physician assistants affiliated with UMHS have the opportunity to meet recertification requirements for PI as part of their routine work activity.
- Guidance to QI project leads regarding:
- national requirements for a QI project to qualify for MOC
- how to document that those requirements have been met
- Formal approval of qualifying projects
- Management of the process and documentation for:
- project approval
- individual participation and MOC credit
- reporting this information for ABMS-certified physicians to the ABMS Program, which forwards it to specialty boards, and for NCCPA-certified physician assistants to AAPA
- reporting to the ABMS Program the results of QI projects for which MOC has been designated