American Board of Pediatrics MOC Update

As many know, the hospital was awarded portfolio status in December from the American Board of Pediatrics to supervise and approve Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 projects. This essentially makes it possible within our administrative walls to evaluate and approve for credit the many quality improvement projects which our physicians participate in.

We currently have 3 projects within our portfolio. These include two projects in ACHP for Depression Screening and use of the Asthma Control Test © at well visits. Additionally, there is a project regarding the use of IV acetaminophen in the PICU.

Credits have been awarded for the Depression Screening project to 15 physicians to date. There are many more eligible providers who may still take advantage of this. Similarly, credit for the ACT project is now a possibility.

Applications for new projects can be made to the MOC Management Committee.  Find the application form here. The parameters required for credit include at least a 6-month period of data collection and at least 2 specific cycles of improvement. The committee reports to the Medical Staff PI Committee and is working closely with the Quality Department to further the goals of quality within the institution.

The recognition granted by the American Board of Pediatrics, unfortunately, does not extend to other disciplines. Many other boards govern the MOC requirements of our surgical specialties, pathology, radiology and others. Broader portfolio management options exist from the American Board of Medical Specialties, but we have not pursued that yet. That said, the MOC management committee would like to support MOC activity in any other discipline to the extent possible.

If there are any questions, they can be directed to Danielle Buzek in the Medical Staff Office,  330-543-5818 or dbuzek@akronchildrens.org, or to me, cwhite@akronchildrens.org.

P. Cooper White, MD, FAAP
Medical Staff Past President
Director, Locust Pediatric Care Group
Associate Chair for Primary Care and Community Health

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