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2013 MOC: PQRS and the MOC Matters Website
Visit the MOC Matters Website to fulfill and document your 2013 MOC and PQRS requirements. It consists of the MOC: PQRS Attestation Module, the PQRS Registry Module and the Patient Experience of Care Survey Module. As an added feature, the freestanding Patient Survey Module is available to diplomates of all Member Boards, whether or not the diplomates are participating in MOC:PQRS. The Website also includes an updated MOC:PQRS Facts & FAQs.
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Quarterly Update: July - December, 2013
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Top Questions for the Quarter: July - December, 2013

These FAQs are a collection of common questions resulting from tradeshows, phone calls and submitted questions from the ABPN website. The ABPN sends out a quarterly email to subscribers highlighting new questions and features that provide helpful insight when applying for an examination and tips for maintaining certification.

1. Why Performance in Practice?
2. How you can satisfy the PIP requirement?
3. How can I see if some of the ABPN MOC activities satisfy the requirements for the (Physician Quality Reporting System) PQRS?

1. Why Performance in Practice?arrow

Physicians are evaluated in their clinical practice according to specialty-specific standards for patient care. They are asked to demonstrate that they can assess the quality of care they provide compared to peers and national benchmarks and then apply the best evidence or consensus recommendations to improve that care using follow-up assessments.

The ABPN MOC Program incorporates ways in which diplomates may engage in specialty-relevant, performance in practice assessment followed by improvement activities when practice gaps are identified.  The PIP standards contribute to improved patient care through ongoing assessment and improvement in the quality of care provided by diplomates.


2. How you can satisfy the PIP requirement?arrow

There are two components to a PIP Unit – a clinical module (chart review) and a feedback module (patient and peer surveys). Both components must be completed to complete a PIP unit.

PIP activities must be PRE-APPROVED by ABPN.  We offer options to diplomates so there is choice of activities and flexibility.

There are a number of products available for a diplomate to use. Approved PIP products can be found on our Web site at: www.abpn.com/moc-products.

It may also be possible that a diplomate is participating in a quality improvement program at their institution that meets ABPN requirements, but that program must be pre-approved by the ABPN. To check if your program is pre-approved, contact Patti Vondrak, pvondrak@abpn.com.

Institutional quality improvement programs approved by the ABMS Multi-Specialty MOC Portfolio Approval Program (www.mocactivitymanager.org) will fulfill the clinical module of PIP. If a diplomate participates in the Portfolio Program approved peer review in a clinical setting, that institutional activity will also fulfill the PIP feedback module criteria.

The requirement for the patient feedback module may be satisfied by participating in the CAHPS survey (https://cahps.ahrq.gov).

Another way of satisfying the requirement is through the following Press Ganey surveys:

  • Modified version of Medical Practice Survey
  • Modified version of Hospitalists Insights
  • Visit Specific Survey

The Diplomate may also do their own chart review and feedback modules. If so, a sample clinical module audit form can be found on our Web site (http://www.abpn.com/downloads/forms/2013-PIP-Audit-Form-Sample.pdf) to help you plan this activity. All PIP modules must be pre-approved by ABPN.

A sample patient (www.abpn.com/downloads/moc/PIP_patient_feedback_v1.pdf) and peer (www.abpn.com/downloads/moc/PIP_peer_feedback_v1.pdf) feedback form can also be found on our Web site.

The modules must satisfy the following criteria:

Clinical Modules (Chart Review):

A. Collection of Patient Data

a. Collect data from at least 5 patient cases in a specific category (e.g. diagnosis, type of treatment, treatment setting) obtained from your personal practice over the previous 3 years.

b. A minimum of 4 quality measures must be collected for each Clinical Module (quality measures are designated in practice guidelines, published best practices, or peer-based standards of care).

B. Improvement Plan

a. Compare data from five patient cases with published best practices, or practice guidelines, or peer-based standards of care and develop a plan to improve effectiveness or efficiency with your clinical activities.

C. Recollection of Patient Data

a. Within 24 months of initial chart review, collect the same data from at least another 5 clinical cases in the same specific category, to see if improvements in practice have occurred. 

Feedback Module (Patient and Peer Surveys):

A. Collection of Surveys

a. Solicit personal performance feedback from at least 5 peers and 5 of your own patients concerning your clinical activity over the previous 3 years.

B. Improvement Plan

a. Identify opportunities for improvement in the effectiveness and/or efficiency of your practice as related to the core competencies and take steps to implement suggested improvements.

C. Recollection of Surveys

a. Within 24 months of the initial surveys, collect the same data from at least another 5 patients and 5 peers to see if improvements in practice have occurred. 


3. How can I see if some of the ABPN MOC activities satisfy the requirements for the (Physician Quality Reporting System) PQRS?arrow

Visit the MOC Matters Website to fulfill and document your 2013 MOC and PQRS requirements. It consists of the MOC: PQRS Attestation Module, the PQRS Registry Module and the Patient Experience of Care Survey Module. As an added feature, the freestanding Patient Survey Module is available to diplomates of all Member Boards, whether or not the diplomates are participating in MOC:PQRS. The Website also includes an updated MOC:PQRS Facts & FAQs. Those documents are also available on our Website at: www.abpn.com/forms.html#certification-matters.