CHICAGO, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has announced that Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) has joined the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval ProgramTM (Portfolio Program). JHM physicians who are Board Certified by one of 21 of the 24 ABMS Member Boards participating in the Portfolio Program, and are engaged in eligible activities approved by the JHM Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Armstrong Institute for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (Armstrong Institute), can now obtain maintenance of certification (MOC) credit.
The JHM Portfolio Program will be offered to the more than 3,000 physicians throughout the JHM system which is comprised of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group and Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. The management of the Portfolio Program system wide will be shared by the JHM Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Armstrong Institute.
"The ABMS MOC program is designed to be relevant and meaningful," said Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer. "The Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) element of the ABMS MOC program offers physicians the opportunity to ensure the profession's voice in Quality Improvement (QI), practice improvement (PI) and patient safety initiatives. JHM's commitment to QI, PI, and harm reduction is long standing. The addition of the Portfolio Program will complement their existing program and help engage even more of their physicians in these important efforts."
"The Portfolio Program was designed to both encourage participation and recognize meaningful physician engagement in QI, PI, and harm reduction initiatives with MOC credit," explained David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP, Executive Director of the Portfolio Program. "The ability to offer credits through a continuum of 21 participating Member Boards, makes it possible for Board Certified physicians throughout the entire JMH system to receive MOC credit across specialty and sub-specialty practice areas."
To date, the Portfolio Program has helped engage more than 8,000 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, more than 1,300 QI efforts have been completed by Portfolio Program participants. For more information about participation in the Portfolio Program, visit the program website at http://mocportfolioprogram.org/become-a-portfolio-sponsor/.
Established in 1933, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) continues to be the leading not-for-profit organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. ABMS establishes the standards its 24 Member Boards use to develop and implement educational and professional evaluation, assessment, and certification of physician specialists. More than 840,000 physicians are certified in one or more of the 150 specialties and subspecialties offered by the ABMS Member Boards. For more information about ABMS, visit www.abms.org or call (312) 436-2600.
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SOURCE American Board of Medical Specialties