Quality improvement MOC

For QI project leaders and planners: how to apply for quality improvement MOC

Mass General Brigham is working with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Portfolio Program to sponsor activities that promote our quality and safety aims while helping you earn credit from a participating ABMS Member Board of from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Participation in the ABMS Portfolio Program recognizes activities you already are doing. Activities can be large in scale to address systemic and clinical issues or smaller activities to improve a specific area of practice.

Depending on the specialty board, these types of activities are called Quality Improvement MOC, MOC IV or MOC 4.

Meaningful participation

Participants must demonstrate meaningful participation in the project to receive credit. Meaningful participation includes the following requirements:

Participants must be involved in the project in at least one of the following ways:

  • Provide direct patient care as an individual or a member of the care-delivery team
  • Coordinate the conceptualization, design, implementation, assessment/evaluation, and evolution of the activity
  • Supervise residents or fellows throughout the entire improvement activity

To receive credit, participants must participate throughout the entire QI project, meet with others involved, review performance data, help develop and/or implement changes, and offer reflection on the impact of the activity.

For more information on meaningful participation, click here.

Proposal and approval

  • We have a special proposal for MOC IV projects
  • You will submit the proposal to us. We review and provide feedback. The proposal asks you for:
  • A description of the problem you are trying to solve
  • Your Aim statement or SMART goal
  • Your data collection plan
  • Description of what the participants are doing to meet meaningful participation
  • We will send you an approval notice
  • We can also provide CME for MOC IV projects
  • Requirements for projects with CME
  • You must submit the proposal prior to the activity start date
  • You must provide the accreditation statement and disclosure summary to participants before they begin the project
  • Projects that don’t meet requirements for CME can still qualify for Quality Improvement MOC
  • We will set up quarterly meetings with you to help ensure you are on track to meet MOC and CME requirements

Interprofessional activities

Many QI project incorporate the educational needs that underlie the practice gaps of the healthcare team and their members. An interprofessional activity includes an integrated planning process that includes health care professionals from two or more professions (e.g., physicians and nurses).

If you are including members of the healthcare team in your project, we encourage you to have a planner for that profession as part of the planning process. In many instances, we can award continuing education credits for those participants.

Learn more about interprofessional education.

Project close and awarding credit

At the end of the project, you will submit a report that includes:
  • Run chart of measure at baseline and after each intervention
  • Description of interventions
  • Meaningful participation narrative
  • Boards of physicians receiving credit
  • Names and emails of participants
  • Impact on performance, patient and community health
  • You will also provide the names and emails of the participants who met requirements for meaningful participation
  • Participants must submit an attestation and reflect on their role in the project. We send the attestation through our learning management system.
  • We will submit the project and individual completion data to the ABMS portfolio program

Traditional QI projects are just one way we support awarding MOC credits.

We also support awarding MOC credits for:
  • Authors of Quality Improvement Posters
  • Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Leaders
  • Providers who use educational activities to improve practice

ABMS portfolio program member boards

We can submit quality improvement MOC projects for the following boards:
    • American Board of Anesthesiology
    • American Board of Dermatology
    • American Board of Emergency Medicine
    • American Board of Family Medicine
    • American Board of Internal Medicine
    • American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
    • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • American Board of Ophthalmology
    • American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
    • American Board of Pathology
    • American Board of Pediatrics
    • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • American Board of Preventive Medicine
    • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • American Board of Radiology
    • American Board of Surgery
    • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
    • American Board of Urology

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